Online bidding helps Hynam

Buyers take advantage of online bidding at Hynam

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Advances in staple length, fat, muscle and growth pay off for Hynam.

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*32 of 50 rams sold to $1800 (twice), av $1216.

Hynam Poll Merinos stud principal Kevin Hynam says running an online auction, alongside one held on property, paid dividends at his third annual sale.

Mr Hynam, Longwood, said the actual auction attracted 25 people but livestreaming, over Auctions Plus, proved advantageous.

"We had two buyers, we had lined up, who couldn't be here, that bought online, plus there were another two new people, who bought after just seeing what was online," Mr Hynam said.

"It was positive, from my point of view, because we haven't been able to go and promote our sheep anywhere else, that wasn't an option."

The first top-priced ram, Lot Two, 190209, was an April 2019 drop animal, sired by Gunaloo 170202.

He had a micron of 21.1, a 13.4 co-efficient of variation, standard deviation of 2.8 and a comfort factor of 100pc.

The ram had a yearling weight of 8.3 kilograms, a yearling eye muscle of 0.4, yearling fat of 0.1 and a yearling clean fleece weight of 24.8kg.

Lot 22, also sired by Gunallo 170202, was also sold for $1800.

The April-drop ram had a micron of 19, a co-efficient of variation of 16.9, a standard deviation of 3.2 and a comfort factor of 99.6pc.

He had a yearling weight of 3.7kg, a yearling eye muscle of -0.1, a yearling fat of -0.1 and a yearling clean fleece weight of 12.8kg.

,Both were sold to Ninyeunook Farms, Quambatook, which eventually took four rams.

Other volume buyers included Bathurst Downs, Serpentine (six) and R&K Fraser, Longwood (four).

A buyer from Ensay, PW & RM Mudge bought two rams.

Mr Hynam said he would have liked to have sold the rams for money money, but his small client based mitigated against that.

"The buyers were very happy with the quality and presentation of the rams, they all went home fairly happy."

Buyers were looking for high growth rate, big framed rams, with good meat capabilities.

"They were looking for the staple and that style."

He said the stud was looking more closely at breeding values, to try and bring out those traits.

"We have made some advances in staple length, fat and muscle and growth," he said.

"All our wether ewes are sold as prime lambs, and the surplus sheep are sold for meat, so it's been a focus for a long time."

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