*52 of 55 sold to $3200, av $1408
*41 of 50 sold to $2800, av $1400
THE annual sales of Tasmanian Corriedale studs, Blackwood and Quamby Plains, saw a total of 105 offered and 93 sold.
Peter and Claire Blackwood sold rams to a top of $3200. The top lot was Blackwood-170193 a ram with a 24.8 micron fleece, number of lambs weaned (NLW) 11 percent and post weaning eye muscle depth (PEMD) of 1.8mm.
Buyer was mainland buyer Philip Gough, Salamanka Pastoral, Hamilton. Mr Gough also bought lot 16 for $2000. This lot was a 24.3 micron ram with PEMD of 1.7mm, and NLW of 14 percent.
Mr Gough took a third ram back to Victoria paying $1000.
The second top price was $1900 paid for lot 45 a 24.5 micron ram with NLW of 10 percent.
The buyer, Ian Green, Kangaroo Island, SA, bought a total of four rams.
Volume buyer of the Blackwood catalogue was Cullenswood Estate, St Marys, Tasmania, buying 15 rams to a top of $1700 (on numerous occasions).
The Quamby Plains catalogue of Richard and Victoria Archer topped at $2800 for lot 3.
Bought by Boosey Creek Partnership, the ram was a 26.5 micron, PEMD of 1.2mm and NLW of 10 percent.
RK Payne, King Island, Tasmania, bought three rams to a top of $2600 a 26.2 micron ram with NLW of 14 percent.
Andrew Calvert, Wool Solutions Tasmania, put together a draft of rams paying to $2600 for various mainland clients.
Roberts and Co stud stock manager, Jock Gibson, said both studs recorded increases in average prices.
He said there were also more rams offered than 2017, which sold at a higher average.
Interest from mainland buyers was the main reason for the rise in prices. There were 29 rams – double the 2017 figure - from Blackwood heading to the mainland while 12 of the Quamby Plains rams were headed across Bass Straight.
It was a credit to the Tasmanian Corriedale studs to attract the interest, he said.