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Gunallo hits $6100 high in Mallee sale


Stock JournalReported by:
Catherine Miller

 TOP RAM: Elders' David Daniel, Landmark's Gordon Wood with buyer Scott Smith, Wentworth, NSW, Ray and Brad Schroeder and Landmark's Michael Lawrence.

SALE SUMMARY

                   2017      2016

Offered     96          90

Sold           95          88

Top           $6100     $8750

Av             $1808     $1665

LARGE-framed Poll Merinos with bold crimpy wools found favour at Gunallo’s annual on-property sale at Panitya, near Pinnaroo, on Thursday last week.

The Mallee stud sold more rams under the hammer and lifted its sale average nearly $150, largely due to a repeat Vic client buying up big.

In the main auction, stud principals Ray, Judy, Brad and Jade Schroeder sold 95 of 96 April 2016-drop rams for a $1808 average.

Another 20 sold in the mini auction.

In the past two years, Gunallo’s on-property sale average has increased more than $450, but to many of the bidders the crimpy, lustruous wools still represented great value buying.

Scott Smith, Tara Downs, Wentworth, NSW, paid $6100 for lot 1 – Gunallo 318 – which remained the benchmark for the sale. The 18 micron ram was a son of Gunallo Bond – the $30,000 top price ram at the 2015 Classings Classic.

Mr Smith was impressed with the “make and shape” of the 109-kilogram ram.

Its Merino Select Australian Sheep Breeding Values included a dual-purpose index of 157 – ranking in the top 15 per cent of 2016-drop rams, including a yearling staple length of 10.8.

Brad Schroeder said the sale-topper was a “good all rounder”.

“It is positive for fat and eye muscle figures, as well as fleece weight, which is pretty important at the moment,” he said.

A few lots later Classings Ltd’s Bill Walker secured lot 3 for first-time buyer Marrawarra Partnership, Nyngan, NSW, for $5000.

Mr Walker said they were was looking for a “long bodied, deep ram with SRS wool” and spotted the 17.3M ram on Facebook. Lot 3 was also pure Gunallo bloodlines, sired by Gunallo 55.

The first two rows particularly met strong competition.

Blairgowie Trust, Ararat, Vic, dominated the buying with 18 rams in the main sale, averaging $1450, plus another eight rams in the mini auction.

Marra Farms, Netherby, put together eight rams to $2200, averaging $1675, while HJ&MA Macarthur, Glencoe Station, Hattah, Vic, secured five rams averaging $1040.

Stud buyers Stuart and Nancy Everett, Lone Gum, Crystal Brook, bought four rams to $3800.

Brad Schroeder said it was pleasing to see a couple of their repeat volume buyers growing their flocks and seeking more numbers, but also a few new faces.

“Everyone has been saying there is no better time to be in Merinos,” he said

“Merinos are really meaty sheep and now everyone is just tweaking their wools.”

He said the stud was well-placed with their long stapled wools to meet the commercial push towards six-month shearing.

Gunallo has been shearing twice a year for the past four years, with their stud ewes cutting 4.5kg each shearing with the wool 65-70 millimetres in length.

Landmark stud stock manager Gordon Wood, who added up the bids with Richard Miller, said it was a tremendous result.

“They are good honest Mallee Merino and Poll Merinos, which the Schroeders are well known for,” he said.

“Gunallo sheep are well-known for their repeatability and being easy care, fast growing sheep with good wool production.”

Elders and Landmark conducted the sale.

 

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