Confidence in the current and future profitability of Merino sheep was high at the Greendale Merinos on-property ram sale at “Willarney” Cooma.
Buyers were looking to purchase rams with the high ASBV indexes and low micron wools that Greendale genetics provide. Their job was made easier with the 80 rams penned averaging 17.5 micron with ASBV’s averaging -2.0YFD, +16.2 YCFW and an MP+ index of 153 placing the entire catalogue inside the top 10% of Merino Select.
The sale was conducted by Elders Cooma under the auctioneering of Steve Ridley and Oliver Mason from Elders Goulburn branch. Spirited bidding saw 72 of the 80 rams offered sell to an average price of $1728
Progeny of Greendale 12-12 was a feature of the sale.
This outstanding three-year-old sire has indexes of MP+170 and FP+166 and ranking him in the top 1% all of sires on Merino Select database.
The top-priced ram was lot 7 a son of Greendale 12-12 purchased by Jimenbuen Pastoral Co Dalgety for $4400. The ram had figures of 17.8micron, YCFW +16.8 and MP+159. “Jimenbuen” also purchased another Greendale 12-12 son for $2600.
Woodstock Partnership Cooma started the sale paying $1800 for lot 1 a 17.9micron Greendale 12-12 son with YCFW of +24.3 and MP+167. Woodstock purchased six rams in total for an average price of $2083.
Other volume buyers included long term clients Ollie and Jane Cay Bungarby securing 9 rams at an average of $1400. Oli said it was pleasing to see another step up in the quality of rams presented.
“The micron and fleece weight per hectare package is as good as any bloodline in Australia. This is the dividend of Greendale's focus on the commercial wool producer,” he said.
Rob Campbell of Amandri Group Biggam Berridale purchased six rams for an average of $1766.
Col and Jill Murdoch of Jincumbilly Bombala purchased seven rams for an average of $1942.
Richard Manion of Meurer Pastoral Co traveled from Bowna and successfully purchased six rams for an average price of $1433. Return client Patrick Frazer Wathonga Cooma once again this year purchased three rams for an average of $2400. Eastwood Partnership, Richard and Angela Wallis from Seymour Victoria went home with 4 rams averaging $1825.
Long term clients Bernie and Elizabeth Dwyer Alectown purchased three rams averaging $1600, and Dean and Marcelle Incher of “Mayfield” Cooma also purchased three rams averaging $1633.
Both of these clients have had outstanding results for production and profitability in several wether trials across NSW.