The Grange pick of sale at $1500

27 Oct, 1999 09:59 AM

CONSISTENT was the one word that accurately described the Kojonup stud sheep breeders annual sale last week. The vendor ranks were depleted, leaving only two Merino studs and three Australasian and British Breed studs to offer a total of 116 rams but the quieter day produced results that at least had the Merino men smiling. The West Swan-based The Grange superfine stud had the honour of topping the fixture when its team leader sold for $1500 to new buyer Barbiston Pastoral Co, Cranbrook. The same buyer also paid $1100 for the second Grange ram. The stud's Dongara property overseer Geoff Hillman offered six rams and all sold, including another for $900 to first year buyer Kaye Dalton, Kojonup, who had targeted the stud as a means of fining down their woolclip. The Grange averaged $842, up $342 on last year. The Grange was a supporting act for the day's main player, Wattledale stud, owned by Ken and Neil Bilney, who expanded their offering to 90 rams and achieved a $1300 top price. But the highlight of their efforts was the increased number of rams sold, 78 opposed to 56 last year. The trend towards finer micron attracted at least five new clients, while measurement-conscious buyers, reassured with the display of current measurement figures on each ram, were also confident in their bidding. Wattledale's top price was paid by Des O'Connell, Duranillan, for a 17.9 micron ram with a zero prickle factor. Mr O'Connell last bought a Wattledale ram in 1989 but has been replenishing his Wattledale genetics and breeding his own rams from a nucleus of bought-in ewes from the stud. Last week, he was chasing micron, comfort factor and wool cut per head and said he was successful in all three criteria with his new purchase. Bidding reached $1150 for a strategically penned corner ram, paid by Wagin farmer Brian Cumming, who also paid $850 and $950 for other rams. Drecall Pty Ltd, Gairdner, paid $1050 for the best of four rams and CA Farmer & Co, Williams, paid $1000 for a single ram to be other top price payers. Elders stud stock man Russell McKay bought 10 rams on behalf of Bullaburra Pastoral Co, owned by Chris Gilmour, Wellstead, and the 10 rams knocked down to Elders Katanning went the way of L & MT Dellagostino, Esperance. Local buyers David & Lyn Mathwin, Barrule Grazing, Kojonup, were second time buyers and took home nine rams. Stud spokesman Neil Bilney accounted for the consistency in prices by saying he did not believe there was a lot of difference in the line-up. "I usually tell buyers to pick out what they don't want rather than pick out what they want," he said. Demand for prime lamb sires has waned dramatically since the start of the selling season and last week vendors felt the effect of the decreased interest with only nine of the 20 rams offered selling. Jim and Jan Glover, Jim Jan stud, Moodiarrup, who have established themselves as the undisputed king of hoof and hook competitions after winning champion pen of lambs and grand champion carcase at the Kojonup show the previous weekend, were the top performers, selling six of their eight Texet rams. Their $330 top was paid by NW Knowles & Co, Kojonup, who also paid $320 for a second ram. Perry Corker, Boyup Brook, paid $310 and $300 to give Jim Jan a $295 average. Thys Gorter, Tamasha Poll Dorset stud, Kojonup, sold a single ram for $300 to J Scolari, Kojonup. John and Julie Philipps, Karinya Suffolk stud, Kojonup, sold two Suffolk rams for $320 to CH & ER Gibbs, Kojonup. CAPTIONS USE THIS ONE 24-20 19-16 Gerren Goodwin (left), sister Tara Goodwin and her son Calum (one year old) and her grand parents Mary (83) and Lloyd (90) Goodwin, from Jerramungup, and Wattledale studmaster Neil Bilney. Lloyd Goodwin proved its never too late to change when he bought his first Wattledale rams at Kojonup last week. At 90 years of age and easily the oldest buyer at the sale Mr Goodwin, who doesn't look a day over 80, is still on the family farm. Last week he and his grandson Gerren bought three rams paying $500 and $700 (2). ENDS ÿ


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