WHITEHILL Poll Merino stud's decade-long reputation for breeding square-framed sires with well-nourished wool, culminated into holdings its first on-property auction at Emu Downs on Friday.
Stud principals Herb and Chris Ruediger were overwhelmed by the bidding competition on the 69 rams that were sold from the 84 offered but said achieving a $1289 sale average was the "biggest bonus" on the day.
The $2800 Glenville-blood top price ram was bought by long-term Hansborough clients Stephen and Sheralee Waldhuter.
The hefty 114-kilogram Red 062 was sired by syndicate from Glenville sire W14-14 and had a 19.2 micron fleece, measuring 2.6 standard deviation, 13.7 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.
Mr Waldhuter runs 1500 Merino ewes and since using Whitehill genetics, the clean wool cut across his ewe flock had increased to 7.5kgs.
"It was a square-framed upstanding ram with the correct wool type," he said.
The Waldhuters bought three rams in total, averaging $2200.
The $2500 second-highest price ram was secured by Light View Trading, Waterloo.
Sired by NE595-78, White 091 had a 20.2M fleece and measured 3.0 SD, 15.1 CV and a 99.4pc CF.
The same buyer bought a further three rams averaging $1825 across the four.
The sale volume buyer was DJ&LJ Busch, Tothill Belt, that bought eight rams to $1500, averaging $1137.
Whitehill's Dale Button said he did not know what to expect at the sale, but, nonetheless was "over the moon" with its result.
"The support was incredible, the Smith family from Glenville stud came just to support us," he said.
The sale was conducted by Nutrien Ag Pfitzner and Kleinig with Nutrien Ag's Leo Redden as the auctioneer.
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