West Australian genetics pay dividends for Koole Vale

Costerfield Merino stud's winning genetic mix


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TOP RAM: Buyer Garry Griffin, with one of the two top priced Koole Vale rams, with stud co-principal, Alan Harris.

TOP RAM: Buyer Garry Griffin, with one of the two top priced Koole Vale rams, with stud co-principal, Alan Harris.

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ASWS champion a winner for a Costerfield Merino stud.

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* 37 of 38 Merinos and Poll Merino rams sold to $3000 (2), av $1643.

* 21 of 21 White Suffolk rams sold to $1500, av $1100.

The purchase of top genetics is paying dividends for Costerfield's Koole Vale Merino stud.

Stud co-principal Alan Harris said the near-total clearance of Merinos and Poll Merinos, and the sale of all his White Suffolks, was very pleasing.

"The job is very good, people know what they want and are happy to pay a bit more, for the better ones," Mr Harris said.

He said he was particularly pleased with the top price of $3000, achieved twice.

"They are both, bold, heavy cutting rams, with good doing ability," Mr Harris said.

The property was ahead of last year, in terms of its set up for the coming months.

Garry Griffin, Raywood, picked up one of the two top-priced rams.

He paid $3000 for lot 1, a 97.5kilogram, 19.7micron ram.

The ram, by BR1080 from the Callowie family, had a standard deviation of 2.7, a co-efficient of variation of 13.7pc and a comfort factor of 99.7pc.

Mr Griffin said he bought the ram, to compliment a Koole Vale Merino, he'd purchased at Bendigo, earlier this year.

"I am going to try the Pollies because I want to get my lambing percentages going a bit better" Mr Griffin said.

"They are a little bit quicker maturing, when they are young, and it was also due to family pressure, because of their big horns.

"It's the first poll I ever bought, after the kids said 'have a go at the Pollies, Dad'.

"I've been a shearer all my life, I've never worried about horns, I've got used to them, but when you have them in a race or are drenching or drafting them, you just have to be wary of those horns."

Mr Griffin said the property, Eurallie, bred its own rams and had a small, registered flock.

The ram would go out with 70 ewes and be backed up with the other horned ram, he had bought from Koole Vale.

"We are running Merinos at Raywood, we take wethers down to the Baynton area, and there is a bit more land at Echuca, so we are spread out a bit.

"We do our lambs and ewes, at Raywood."

Mr Griffin said he was running about 1000 ewes,1000 wethers, plus weaners.

"We keep all our lambs every year; we only sell culls and old stock."

He said while the wool job had been brilliant.

"It's been in the doldrums, but I am confident it will pick up again," he said.

"There's a bit of politics going on at the moment."

The second $3000 ram was sold to JJ, NM and MA Dickinson, one of several volume buyers, at the sale.

The Dickinsons picked up 9 rams, with S Artridge taking 8.

The ram the Dickinsons bought was sired by Seymour Park 68, from the Narrogin, WA based stud.

SP68 was the grand champion fine medium ram at last year's Bendigo Australian Sheep & Wool Show.

The 100kg ram recorded figures of an 18micron fleece, a standard deviation of 3.6, a coefficient of variation of 17.5pc and a comfort factor of 99.7pc.

Mr Harris said he picked out SP68 at Bendigo.

"We've liked the Seymour Park line for a fair while," Mr Harris said.

"We used some semen, and it's obviously worked really well," Mr Harris said.

Koole Vale had sold seven SP68 rams, retaining two for use in the stud.

"We hope to keep those genetics coming through," Mr Harris said.

"It's obviously what the buyers want, and we are pretty happy."

Elders Adam Millard said buyers were chasing heavy cutting, good framed animals.

"The rams generally went locally, with a few to the south of Heathcote, within the 50-100 kilometres of Costerfield," Mr Millard said.

"They are well sought out."

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