AFTER a COVID-induced year off, the old rams were back in force for their annual Old Ram Muster at RASWA's Claremont Showgrounds earlier this month.
Apart from the joy of catching up with old mates, guests were also entertained by this year's guest speaker, real estate guru John Garland AM, Garland International, who had plenty of industry tales to tell.
Mr Garland reflected on his time as an Elders stockie beginning with 4am starts in the saleyards at Midland followed by several regional town postings with the company, his subsequent change of career as a Chamberlain machinery dealer in Kondinin, and in more recent times some of his memorable real estate sales as one of WA's leading sellers of rural and regional property since 1961.
And he took time to acknowledge the many people who helped him along the way.
Apart from the opportunity for fellowship interspersed with plenty of joke telling, the luncheon serves an important community purpose.
The Old Ram Muster committee has been organising the event to raise money for Ability WA (originally the Cerebral Palsy Centre), which offers care and services for children and adults with disabilities, annually since 2007.
This year 93 people were in attendance, including a few young rams, mostly offspring of some of the more mature stud sires in the paddock.
Collectively more than $20,000 was raised which included a $10,000 donation from the JP Stratton Trust.
Wendy Gould, who along with Ability WA's manager of partnerships Ingrid Barnard was one of only two ewes at the table, attended for Farm Weekly, which is also a sponsor.
If you would like to be part of next year's event or to be included on the Old Ram Muster mailing list contact Mike Walter on 0417 889 108 or email@example.com.
Three generations of the Tuckey family, former Federal Foresty and Conservation Minister and assistant to the prime minister, Wilson Tuckey, Ascot, his grandson Andrew, Karrinyup and son Michael, Perth Plant Express, Ascot, were in attendance.
Simon Joel (left), Swanbourne, chatted with John Carstairs, Wembley, Richard Gapper, Attadale and Barry Court, City Beach.
Rob Wilson (left), who travelled from Dunsborough, caught up with father and son duo Wilson and Michael Tuckey, Ascot
Catching up over a pre-lunch drink were Neville Carter (left), Busselton, Peter Howe, Nedlands, Marc Synnot, Mt Claremont, Ian Clifton, Dunsborough and Peter Miles, Cottesloe.
One of the furthest travelled was Sandy McTaggart (left), Geraldton, with Robert Doney, Harrismith, John Mattiske, Peppermint Grove, Bill O'Halloran, Mt Claremont and Mike Egerton-Warburton, Claremont.
Happy to be part of a memorable event were John Finlayson (left), Shenton Park, Winston Foulkes-Taylor, Claremont, David Steadman, Guildford, David Oakley and Richard Field, both Claremont.
Guest speaker John Garland AM did his bit for the cause when he bid $240 at auction for this electric pruner, donated by Stihl Shop, Osborne Park. With him were Ability WA manager of partnerships Ingrid Barnard and charity auctioneer Richard Gapper, Attadale.
Joining in the merriment were Tim D'Arcy (left), Dandallan Farms, Dandaragan, Clem Addis, Cottesloe, Bruce Cameron, Kingsley and Dudley Preston, Cottesloe.
Old Ram Muster committee member Ian (Ginge) Robinson, Cottesloe, shared a joke with Ability WA manager of partnerships Ingrid Barnard, Murray McQuie, Bulga Downs station, Sandstone and Dane Gorn, Crawley.
Those with sheep and wool industry history included Basil Ladyman (left), Katanning, Ken Walker, Booragoon, Rod Bushell, Katanning and Ross Richardson, Mianelup, Gnowangerup.
Father son pairings included Peter Glasfurd (left), Subiaco and his son David, Moora, with Richard Keamy, Bicton, and his father Glen, Wembley.
A couple of the younger rams were Andrew Stewart (left), Triple Gem Finance, Claremont and Griff Chomley, Kojonup, with Robert Hamersley and Michael Cusack, both Cottesloe.
Guest speaker John Garland AM (left), Garland International, Mosman Park, with Old Ram Muster committee chairman Rob Chomley, Wandering and secretary/treasurer Mike Walter, West Leederville.
Old Ram Muster committee members Brian Cooper (left), Claremont and Ross Finlayson, Mosman Park,welcomed guests and kept the money side in order.