DESPITE a reduced sale offering compared to previous years, last week’s Rabobank Katanning stud ram sale still provided an excellent opportunity for both stud and commercial breeders to purchase quality sires.
Even with the small catalogue of 31 rams, a number of stud breeders were out in force on the hunt for a new stud sire and as a result competition produced a $10,000 top price.
By the conclusion of selling, which took just under an hour, 22 out of the 31 quality sires had been sold at an average of $4407.
It took a while for the sale to really fire up and it wasn’t until the middle of the catalogue that the $10,000 top price was achieved when an upstanding, very square Woodyarrup ram went under the hammer.
Bidding started at $5000 on the long, deep ram but buyers certainly realised the potential this ram could have in their flocks as they dug their heels in and pushed the price up quickly to the $10,000 barrier.
But in the end Craig and Karen Dewar’s Woodyarrup team leader was knocked down to Elders Breeding Services representative Kevin Broad, who was bidding on behalf of Peter and Jeffrey Rintoul, Auburn Valley stud, Williams, who are celebrating 100 years of Merino stud breeding this year.
The powerful ram is sired by Woodyarrup HOW-0.960 and measured 21.8 microns, 3.4 SD, 15.6 CV and 98.8 percent comfort factor.
The ram won his medium wool class for sale rams during the show the previous day and finished third behind Woodyarrup’s well-known sire “Woosha” at the Australian Sheep and Wool show at Bendigo in July.
The Rintouls were impressed by the ram’s size, in particular his length of body, depth and hindquarter.