Fleece draws Mallee bid

PHONE SALE: Bill Walker, Steve Davidson, Landmark Kimba manager Simon Arcus and Karawatha Park's Dion Woolford with the top price ram.
PHONE SALE: Bill Walker, Steve Davidson, Landmark Kimba manager Simon Arcus and Karawatha Park's Dion Woolford with the top price ram.

DESPITE offering an extra 12 rams, Karawatha Park Poll Merino and Merino stud achieved full clearance and a lift in the average at its on-property sale at Buckleboo.

The stud sold the full offering of 92 rams to a top price of $6300, averaging $2149.

The July 2016-drop top price ram was bought via phone bidding by Ric and Gail Ridgway, Ridgway Poll Merino and Merino stud, Lameroo. Quality Livestock’s Steve Davidson, Lameroo, bid on their behalf.

Weighing 101 kilograms, it was ranked 154 on the Merino Production index, had a 33 per cent yearling clean fleece weight and yearling weight 5kg above average.

It has fleece measurements of 18 micron, 2.6 standard deviation, 14.6 coefficient of variation, a 50-millimetre staple length and 100pc comfort factor.

The Ridgways viewed the ram ahead of the sale on the recommendation of Karawatha Park classer and Ridgway advisor Bill Walker, Classings Ltd, Murray Bridge.

Mr Ridgway said the Karawatha Park type was similar to his own goals, while the ram’s staple length was a particular selling point as he shears twice a year. Karawatha Park principal Bert Woolford said the top ram was “one of (their) heaviest-cutting sheep”.

“It’s structurally correct with lustrous, white, bright fibre and with that carcase weight, it’s just a really good, all-round sheep,” he said.

The second-highest price ram sold for $5200 to Richard Harkness, Superior Wool Merinos, Tintinara, also via phone, with Mr Walker bidding on his behalf.

The May 2016-drop twin ram weighed 107kg, with 17.5M, 3SD, 17.4CV, 100CF and 60SL. It also had a 20.7YCFW, a yearling weight 5.9kg above average, 158MP+ and a Dual Purpose index ranking of 157.

Mr Walker said the two rams were good stud representatives.

“They’ve got wide, square back ends, are good on all four legs and a super elite fibre,” he said.

Six new bidders, along with strong support from regular buyers, helped make an impact at the Karawatha Park ram sale at Buckleboo on Friday.

Stud principal Bert Woolford said he was pleased with the final results.

“The sale was really well-supported with several new buyers, while long-term clients really dug in,” he said.

Mr Woolford said they decided to increase the lineup to help clients get their sires.

Volume buyers Humphris Family Trust, Gladstone, were second-time bidders with eight rams to $2000, averaging $1150.

Zibell Pty Ltd, Buckleboo, bought seven rams to $3000, averaging $1914, while Brook and Cody Seal, Ge-Oak, Kimba, bought seven rams to $2000, averaging $943.

The sale was conducted by Landmark Kimba with Gordon Wood as auctioneer.