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Glenville sells to $7600

Stock JournalReported by:
Elizabeth Anderson

TOP RAM: Glenville's Barry Smith, Cowell, with Colin McCrabb, Avenel, Wanganella, NSW, and the $7600 Poll Merino ram.

A STRONG crowd of returning and new buyers meant bidding ran hot at the Glenville 56th on-property ram sale at Cowell.

Three generations of the Smith family – Barry, Daryl and Klay - offered an extra nine rams to the main auction, on top of an additional 20 in 2016, but the average still lifted $165.

All 169 rams in the main auction sold to 7600, averaging $3189.

There was also strong interest in the mini auction with 33 of 34 rams sold to $2200, averaging $966, with an overall sale average of $2825 for the 202 rams.

The top price ram has gone interstate, bought by Colin McCrabb, Avenel Merino Stud, Wanganella, NSW.

The Poll Merino ram measured 146 per cent for greasy fleece weight, against the line up average, and 120pc for body weight, with a fleece of 18 micron, 2.9 standard deviation, 15.7 coefficient of variation and 99.7pc comfort factor.

Daryl said the ram’s size was even more impressive considering it still had its lamb’s teeth.

“It’s a very long-bodied, heavy-cutting ram, with soft white crimpy wool,” he said.

Mr McCrabb also bought the top price ram at Glenville’s 2015 sale, which was used as the foundation for the Avenel Poll Merino stud, as they expand their breeding program.

“We were very happy with the progeny from our first Glenville ram and we had some of that progeny in our sale this year,” he said.

“We were looking for an unrelated sire to put with the progeny this year so we went back to Glenville.”

Mr McCrabb said the Glenville wools were similar to the type he aimed to breed.

“I was after quick maturing sheep that are still productive in wool and have good carcase value,” he said.

The top price Merino ram sold to regular buyer Nick Lienert, Oak Farms, Buckleboo, for $4400.

The ram’s fleece measured 19.4M, 3SD, 15.2CV and 99.5CF, with a GFW or 133pc and 106pc on body weight.

The ram was out of the first drop of a North Ashrose ram bought by Glenville for $12,000 at the 2015 Adelaide Ram Sale.

Mr Lienert also bought the second highest priced Poll Merino of the sale, paying $6200 for a ram at 117pc GFW, 20.5M, 3SD, 14.5CV and 99.8CF.

He bought five rams in total, averaging $4040.

Volume buyer at the sale was South Gap Pastoral, Port Augusta, which bought 28 rams – 14 in the main auction – to $2400.

Smith Partners Belton, Orroroo, bought 18 rams, including seven in the mini auction, to $3000, while L&SL Nutt, Port Augusta, bought 13 rams in the main auction and one in the mini auction to $2600.

Mundiallo Pastoral Co, Port Augusta, bought six rams to $3000, and a further three in the mini auction.

Kane Sampson, Warramboo, bought eight rams to $2600, while RJ Norris, Cowell, also bought eight, to $3200.

The day also had the private sale of one of the reserve rams on display, bought for $15,000 by David Ridgway, Ridgway Advance, Senior.

Daryl said the ram was a big-bodied, perfectly structured ram with a great top line and a lustrous crimpy wool that they had planned to retain in the Glenville stud.

Its breeding goes back to the Collinsville 847 family that has been at Glenville for a long-time.

Landmark stud stock auctioneer Gordon Wood described the sale as “solid as a rock from go to whoah”.

“There were very event, fast growing and well-shaped sheep with good crimpy white fibre from lot one to lot 169,” he said.

Daryl said he was “blown away” by the results of the sale.

“We had an extra 15 rams available and, for the first time, we have lined up more than 200, in an effort to make it easier for clients to get rams but it still went beyond our expectations,” he said.

“The sheep and wool job has been at an all-time high for the past 12 months and clients have realised this will be their major profit driver in a tough year.

“Our clients have had great success topping off shear and wool sales, and we are humbled by their support and confidence in our breeding goals.”

Daryl said, despite the high average, 22 rams sold between $600 and $1000, showing there was still value for money.

“This season was probably the toughest season we’ve ever had to prepare rams and being paddock-run, it was hard going,” he said.

“But we’re really happy with the way the rams presented – they showed great carcase length with white soft crimpy wools underneath.

“The rams were well-grown and the line-up was even from front to back.”

The sale had 58 registered buyers, from NSW, Vic, Qld and SA, with five new buyers.

Glenville still has 150 rams available for private selection.

The sale was conducted by Landmark Cowell.

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