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2017 Ram Sale


By Sarah Murphy

It was a successful sale for the Murphy family on Monday in wake of the dry conditions in QLD, with the Karbullah Poll Merino sale making a top price of $5300 to an average of $1340.

Over 30 buyers arrived on the day, with 140 rams selling through the Helmsman and auction system run by AWN Livestock and a further 10 grade rams selling after the sale.

The top price ram was Lot 23, purchased by TJ & MJ Clarke from Warialda, NSW for $5300, who has a soft, white 18.5 micron fleece, with Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV’s) of 8.9 for growth, 1.9 for eye muscle, 0.8 for fat, -45 for wec and 15.4 for clean fleece weight , with the ASBV’s for growth and eye muscle being in the top 10% in the country.

The second top price ram was Lot 118, who went for $4000 to Rosedale Pastoral, Yelarbon, with 19 micron wool and ASBV’s of 5.8 for growth, 1.7 for eye muscle, 1.1 for fat, -41 for wec and 8.4 for clean fleece weight, with the eye muscle and fat being in the top 10% Australia wide.

There were several volume buyers on the day, with both repeat and new buyers purchasing more than 5 rams from the rams presented.

Repeat buyers, KR & DL Moon from Burren Junction, NSW purchased 16 rams to an average of $1000, along with LR, NC & DF Brown, who purchased 12 rams to an average of $966 and Wharparilla Pastoral Co, who bought 9, averaging $922.

Rosedale Pastoral, Rissman family, total purchases of 5 rams averaged $3000 and Littleton Partnership, O’Sullivans of Dirranbandi, bought 4 rams to an average of $1900.

JT Agri-source consultant and Bred Well Fed Well advocate Dr Jason Trompf was the guest speaker for the day, giving a presentation on lamb survivability and ewe reproduction to a rapt audience prior to the sale commencing at 12:30pm, pressing the importance of fat and muscle in improving lamb survival rates in merino sheep.

Karbullah Saltbush Meat products was on the menu for the day with donations for food raising $366 for Blue Care Goondiwindi

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