RAMsales right across the eastern states recorded some stellar prices in 2015 spurred on by improvedwool prices and continued lamb market strength.The opening pens at the 37th annual on-property Willandra ram sale,Jerilderie, reached the state’s high of $81,000and led what was a good year for big price tags on Merino rams.This includedspirited bidding at theAustralian Sheep and Wool Show ram sale in Bendigo, Victoria, which recorded a top of$30,000 and second top of$28,000, far exceeding last year’s $25,000 peak.
The sale-topper was from Coddington Uardry Poll stud, Yeoval, andsold to Pat Millear, Stud Park South, Willaura, Vic, and the $28,000 ram hailed from the Clonan’sAlfoxton Poll stud, Armidale, and soldto a Tasmanian syndicate.
Adding to the Riverina’s headline priceswas the $25,500 paid for a ram at thePooginook ram sale, also atJerilderie, which led a100 per cent clearance of 239 rams to average $2110.The top ram, Pooginook Nick, sold toTony Inder, Allendale Merinos, Wellington.
South Australia’sAdelaide Merino ram also featured some top results forMoorundie Poll Merinos, Keith, SA, which sold rams toa$38,000 top and $30,000 second-top price.Also among the top sellers was a ram from Ray, Judy andBrad Schroeder,Gunallo Merinos, Pinnaroo, SA, which made$30,000 at the Classings Classic sale, Murray Bridge, SA,in early September.
Some big bids were also noted inmeat sheep circles, including for anAustralian White from Tattykeel Australian Whites, Oberon, which racked up $27,000 at the stud’ssecond annual Australian White stud sale.Thisset a new record for the fledgling breed. All 20 stud rams offered were sold to average $8250, while 52 ewes averaged $2899.Tony Rutter, Brookland Lamb, Tarcutta, was the successful buyer of not only the $27,000 ram, but also the sale’stop two ewes at $14,000 and $11,000.
Anden White Suffolks, Woomelang, Vic, also equalled the White Suffolk breed’s record of$36,000. The last White Suffolk to hit this price was a ram from the Pipkorn’s Detpa Grove stud at Nhill, Vic, in 2005.
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