Bids fly for well-built Merino ram at expo in Burra

Collinsville tops Elders SA Stud Merino Expo helmsman ram auction

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WA buyers returned to purchase the top ram at the Elders SA Stud Merino Expo in Burra yesterday.

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WA buyers returned to purchase the top ram at the Elders SA Stud Merino Expo in Burra yesterday.

The Merino ram from the Collinsville stud, Hallett, fetched $10,500 via a helmsman auction, paid by very loyal clients AG&GM Carmody, Mittakeri stud, Kulin, WA - last year's top price ram buyer.

The September 2018-drop, son of Collinsville Masterbuilt, weighed 140 kilograms and had a 20.7 micron fleece, with 3.5 standard deviation and 99.1 per cent comfort factor.

Collinsville offered nine rams, with all selling to new and repeat clients from five states, averaging $3283.

Collinsville general manager Tim Dalla said it was good to sell all of the spring-drop rams offered in such a challenging year.

He said the top price 18-month-old Collinsville Masterbuilt son was just cutting its two teeth and weighed 140 kilograms.

"It was embryo-bred from one of our top ewes, was structurally correct with nourished elite wool on it," he said.

"The buyers will use it to produce large-framed replacement rams for their own use and ram sale."

In the multi-vendor sale afterwards, two rams from the Orrie Cowie stud, Warooka, sold locally, both at $3000, while one ram from Greenfields stud, Hallett, made $3500.

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