KERRSVILLE Merino and Poll Merino stud, Coleraine, achieved a stronger clearance thanks to the support of one new buyer and the return of buyers who did not buy rams last year.
Principal Robert Plush was happy to have sold 40 out of 44 rams to a top of $1600 twice.
Leading buyers were long-time supporters the Hill family, Macarthur, who bought seven rams, including one at the equal top price of $1600.
This was for Lot 4, a replacement ram from Kerrsville’s flock reserve team. The two year-old Poll Merino ram was by CP20484 and had Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) of greasy fleece weight (GFWT) 121 per cent, -0.9 micron for fibre diameter and a 6pc index of 124. He was ranked fifth out of 249 ram weaners.
The second ram to reach the top-price was lot 14, another two year-old Poll ram from the GL Family.
Its ASBVs included GFWT 134pc, a 6pc index of 109, with a -0.5 on micron.
It was purchased by other return buyers CJ & KA Baulch, who bought a total of four rams.
These equal top-priced rams led the charge for the Poll draft – while the total average across the 40 was $1000, the 24 Poll rams averaged $1070 with the 16 Horn rams averaging $856.
Other volume buyers included Ballintubber Partnership, Bulart, who secured five rams to a top of $1300.
Also with five rams was Nudora Partnership, Brit Brit, that paid $800 for each.
With three rams each were Peter Brody (to $900), David Coates (to $1000) and Elmhurst’s McDonald Trust (to $1200).
The second top price was paid by new clients, the Brinkman family, for a Jacko son at $1500.
Bill Bailey from the Wannon paid a $1000 for a RP-0022 Poll son.
Long-time client Gavin Leech from Glenthompson bought two rams along with Lurnea P/S from Westmere and Russell Troeth from Coleraine buying two rams each.
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