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Richmond Merinos top at $11,000

Reported by:
Hannah Powe

Auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth; with purchasers Marcus and Tom Hooke, East Loddon Merinos, Wanganella; Nick McNamara, Elders Cowra, and the top price ram held by Richmond stud principal Trevor Ryan, Quandialla.

THE Richmond Merinos on-property sale was held at Quandialla on September 26 offering both horn and poll rams. 

With a focus on breeding the right sheep with the right body, skin and fleece type, Trevor and Sarah Ryan and family, were really pleased with the rams they were able to present. 

“Especially with depth of wool combined with the gradual lift in figures,” Mr Ryan said. 

There was a 95 per cent clearance with 124 rams selling of the 130 offered for an average of $2165.

Marcus and Tom Hooke, East Loddon Merino stud, Wanganella, purchased the top price ram for $11,000. 

The sale topper was Richmond 16-110 by Western Australia sire, Challara 394, from a 10-228 sired ewe, the Poll Merino ram had a 18.7 micron, 2.9 standard deviation (SD), and 100pc comfort factor (CF). 

He is in the top 10pc for yearling eye muscle depth (YEMD), yearling fibre diameter coefficient of variation (YDCV), yearling staple length (YSL). 

The second top price ram sold for $10,000 to Damon and Sophie Soster, “Dalkeith”, Cassilis. 

By the inaugural winner of the SRS ram of the year, Richmond 13-579, from a Richmond 7-69 sired ewe, the runner up sale topper was 19.7 in the micron, 2.8 SD and 99.9pc CF.

He was in the top 10pc for post weaning weight, yearling weight, YDCV and YSL. 

The Soster family secured a total of 12 rams for an average of $2625. 

Richmond Merinos reserved the right to collect semen in the two high-priced sires prior to the commencement of the sale. 

Mutliple buyers were Old Springfield Partnership, Cooma, securing 15 rams for a $2167 average and Geeron Partnership, Forbes, bought 14 rams paying an average of $1229. 

Auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth, was taking bids on the day with Elders as the selling agent. 


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