Koole Vale doubles top-priced record after ram sells for $7000

Koole Vale doubles top-priced record after ram sells for $7000

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The stud's previous top-price record was $3000.

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STRONG RESULT: Elders wool representative Adam Millard, Bendigo, Nicole Davies, Nutrien Bendigo, who was the purchaser on behalf of Beverley Merino stud, and Alan Harris, Koole Vale stud, with the top-priced $7000 ram.

STRONG RESULT: Elders wool representative Adam Millard, Bendigo, Nicole Davies, Nutrien Bendigo, who was the purchaser on behalf of Beverley Merino stud, and Alan Harris, Koole Vale stud, with the top-priced $7000 ram.

*49 of 50 horned and poll Merino rams sold to $7000, av $2329

*Total clearance of 24 White Suffolk rams to $1300, av $962

A Costerfield stud doubled its previous top-price ram record last week when a Merino ram for $7000.

Koole Vale Merino and Poll Merino stud sold 49 poll Merinos to $7000 to average $2329, and its complete draft of 24 White Suffolk rams to $1300 to average $962.

Stud principal Alan Harris said he was blown away by the result after opting to offer 15 more rams compared to 2019 on Thursday.

"We were totally shocked by the results," Mr Harris said.

"I didn't expect to have such high prices.

"The previous top of our on-property ram sale was $3000 last year so to over double that (figure) three times was amazing."

Mr Harris said buyers were mainly from within a 150-kilometre radius of the property, including from Mysia in the north to Ruffy in the east.

"We offered more rams mainly due to the cancellation of the multi-vendor sales," Mr Harris said.

"We where worried a couple of months ago about how the sale would go but it worked out well."

The top-price ram, Lot 1, was bought by John Barty, Beverley Merino, for its number two stud.

The ram was sired by Oakbank Barry via artificial insemination and weighed 114 kilograms.

Koole Vale described the poll ram as the stand out of his drop for size, depth of body, stud outlook and outstanding structure.

His wool measured 3.1 standard deviation (SD), 16.1 coefficient of variation (CV), 19.6 micron and had a comfort factor (CF) of 99.6.

"He was earmarked for our show team and to be sold at Hamilton Sheepvention but COVID-19 interrupted plans," Mr Harris said.

The ram was one of seven poll rams in the sale by Oakbank Barry which was crowned Supreme Champion at the Hay and Hamilton sheep shows in 2018.

Mr Barty said the ram would be joined to a flock of about 80 number two Merino ewes in late spring.

"It's the first ram we've bought from Alan Harris and we saw the ram and thought he would be pretty good to have a go with," Mr Barty said.

"He's a big, upstanding, well-structured ram and he's got soft-handling fine wool and that will match in with what we're trying to do in our number two stud which gives buyers a heavier cutting and poll alternative."

The equal second top-priced ram, Lot 14, by the same sire sold for $6700 and was bought by Jim Tattersall, Moormbool West.

The ram was described as a rich-medium wool ram and had measurements of 3.1 SD, 15.8 CV 19.6 micron and 99.6 CF.

Lot 5 also sold for $6700 and was bought by J & G Ross, Mia Mia, which was the son of home-bred BR305.

The same clients also bought Lot 21, another son of Oakbank Barry, for $3000.

Volume buyers included L Gleeson & Sons which purchased five horned Merino rams to $1800 and two White Suffolk rams to $1000.

"The Gleesons have been long-time clients and bought our very first rams to be sold," Mr Harris said.

First-time buyers J & S O'Connor, Ruffy, bought three rams to a top of $3000, while Paul O'Sullivan, Knowsley, bought four to $3200.

The top-priced White Suffolk ram was bought by new clients, the Farley family, of Derrinal, who bought three rams to $1300.

Andrew Campebll, Redesdale, was the volume buyer of the White Suffolks, selecting six to $1000.

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