Offered 63 60
Sold 63 60
Top $7000 $5000
Av $1858 $1643
RECORDS fell at the Brimanna Poll Merino stud's 30th annual on-property auction at Yeelanna on Monday.
The stud achieved a record top price of $7000 – up $2000 on last year’s highest price.
A new record average of $1858 was also set – up $215 on the 2015 average of $1643.
There was also full clearance of 63 rams in the main auction – three rams more than what was offered in 2015.
It was a fitting outcome for the stud in its anniversary year.
Brimanna was registered in 1984 by Rodney, Angela and John Harris, with the first auction held in 1987.
But ram breeding had long been a part of the Harris family’s enterprise, with present studmaster Jayden Harris’ grandfather Allen starting to breed rams more than 50 years ago.
At the 30th on-property auction this year, the top price ram went to first-time buyer Clint Rayner, Millbrae Poll Merino stud, Kimba.
Mr Rayner said there was a lot to like about the ram, with its well-nourished, white wool, tremendous length of body and heavy wool cutting attributes.
The ram weighed 111.5 kilograms with an eye muscle depth of 42 millimetres and fat score of 6.7mm.
The ram, sired by Brimanna 040, had wool figures of 20.3 micron, 2.8 standard deviation, 13.8 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.
The next three highest price rams went to Arunta Pastoral, Warramboo, paying $6200, $6000 and $5200, along with another one at $4000.
Also buying near the top of the catalogue were return clients and Wirrulla brothers Clint and Troy Olsen, Kaira Pty Ltd, who had bought the top price ram at the sale for the past two years.
This year the Olsens bought seven rams to $5000.
A mini auction was also held, with 12 rams sold from 13 offered, making up to $900.
Studmaster Jayden Harris was very pleased with the sale result.
“I’m really happy to see a few new buyers, as well as the return of repeat buyers,” he said.
Brimanna is continuing to attract clients from beyond the Eyre Peninsula region.
New buyer Garry Mason, Symfen, Tailem Bend, bought a ram at $1900.
Waikerie farmer Allen Buckley, Glenrae Holdings, has bought rams for the past four years and this year took five rams to $4000.
Other new buyers included P&L Puckridge, Wangary, three rams to $2500, RM&EE Telfer, Ungarra, two to $900 and TE&A Gameau, Wanilla, two to $1200.