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Ram sale prices up

THIS year’s on-property ram sale circuit came to the Loddon last week.

Terrick West Poll Merino stud on Wednesday offered 80 rams at its 32nd annual sale attended by buyers and agents from across the state.

Stud principal Ross McGauchie was pleased with attendance and clearance rate.

The highest price paid was $5250 for a 21-micron ram with a phone bid by buyer representative, Nutrien Ag Merino specialist Stephen Chalmers, on behalf of a NSW buyer.

The ram was sired by Wallaloo Park 60 and had Australian Sheep Breeding Values including an eye muscle depth (EMD) of 44mm and fat depth of 9.5mm. The ram had fleece figures of comfort factor of 99.5 per cent, a standard deviation of three microns and co-efficient of variation of 14 per cent.

Stud principal Ross McGauchie said the sale average of $2842 was up almost $500 on last year.

The clearance of the 80-ram offering was on par with 2020 and was topped off on the day with a private sale of a ram for $20,000 to Kilcoolin Pastoral Company near Kilmore.

“It’s a very good ram and we would have been taking him to the Adelaide sales. But the offer come in before Adelaide and we accepted,” Ross said.

The pre-auction sale to Kilcoolin followed a $30,000 sale of a Terrick West ram at Marnoo’s Victorian State Merino Field Day earlier in the week.

The on-property auction ran parallel with the online selling platform for the first time. “I think it worked well,” Ross said.

Ross said the online addition was gaining acceptance from new generation breeders and re-stockers.

“The bulk of sales were to returning clients although one of the new buyers, from Broken Hill, made three purchases,” he said. “But while people will become more confident with the online options for purchasing rams, most people will still want to to be hands-on in seeing rams at sale.”

Ross expected the six rams passed in at auction to be sold in coming days.

“We were very happy with the sale, particularly in these uncertain times,” he said.

“The early rams were making between $4000 and $5000.”

The McGauchie family provided a barbecue lunch between the day’s inspection and auction.

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