$15,000 top price at Pyramid
Cascade-bred Merino and Poll Merino rams reached a top price of $15,000 at the Pickering family's 10th annual on-property sale, with results reflecting an improved season throughout the Esperance region.
The Derella Merino and Pyramid Poll Merino Ram Sale, hosted by Scott and Sue Pickering and conducted by Nutrien Livestock, offered 148 rams, with 132 sold for an average price of $1514, up $199/head on last year when 114 rams sold for an average price of $1315.
Mr Pickering said he was pleased with the sale result.
“We had a good response from repeat buyers and it was great to have a few buyers back to the sale after their absence the last couple of years,” he said.
The star attraction was lot five, which was a replacement, selected from the Pyramid Poll Merino stud reserve that was syndicate mated to Pyramid 564 and a Kamballie 101.
Repeat buyer Brad Whiting, of Munglinup, said the ram, Pyramid Poll 868, caught his attention before his successful bid of $15,000.
The 20-micron ram weighed 118kg and recorded a staple length of 80mm, greasy fleece weight of 7.2, comfort factor of 99.8 per cent and an eye muscle depth of 39.5.
It also had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of YWT +8.07, YFAT +0.04, YEMD +0.27, YCFW +28.08, YFD +0.04, YSL +10.23 and an MP+ 162.31.
“I selected the ram for his good length and structure of body, with excellent feet and stylish white wool,” Mr Whiting said.
“Merino production requires much less investment than the machinery required for cropping, so we are looking at stepping up our selection of quality in our ram requirements.”
Mr Whiting, his wife Vanessa and their daughter Cassidy run 3200 Merino ewes after culling harder in the last few years with intentions of rebuilding a more even line of quality types.
They secured a total of five rams for an average price of $4880.
Repeat buyer Roger Nankivell, of Condingup, secured the $8500 second top-price for Pyramid Poll 821, sired by Glenlea Park 018.
Mr Nankivell said the ram had good fine crimp, with long stapled fleece on a square and plain body.
“We will put the ram over some of our 120 nucleus ewes to breed flock rams for our 1300-head commercial flock,” he said.
The Pyramid 821 ram measured 19.2 micron and weighed 113kg, with a comfort factor of 99.8 per cent. Its ASBVs were YWT +7.60, YFAT -0.10, YEMD -0.09, YCFW +28.61, YFD -0.39, YSL +14.38, and MP+ 171.36.
Boyup Brook woolgrower Rick Twigg, of Tandara Traders, secured 11 rams to a top price of $2500 and average price of $1738.
Mr Twigg was selecting for quality wool on good frames for his 2500-head Merino ewe flock.
“We first picked our rams on conformation before having a good look at the wool quality,” he said.
Volume buyer Simon Fowler, of Esperance, who trades as Chilwell, secured 29 rams with Nutrien Livestock stud stock agent Mitchell Crosby bidding on his behalf to a top price of $2100 and average price of $1238.
“We were selecting for white, free-growing wool on a good body frame with a good headset and strong muzzle,” he said.
“We’re producing a 21-micron average woolclip from our flock of 26,000 ewes, which includes a crossbred program.
“Our feedlot produces 10-month-old lambs for V & V Walsh.”
First-time buyer Pete May, who was recently appointed as farm manager at Arkle Farms, in Munglinup, secured 11 rams to a top price of $2100 and average price of $1200.
Arkle runs 10,000 Merinos, including a crossbred program.
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