Well-nourished wool features in Bradfield auction that makes $4400

Well-nourished wool features in Bradfield auction that makes $4400

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TOP RAM: Bradfield stud principal Stace Bradtke and his daughter Chelsea, with buyer Ben Wetherall, Cleve, Elders Jamestown Scott Fleetwood and Nurtien Ag Solutions Jamestown Cody Hounsell.

TOP RAM: Bradfield stud principal Stace Bradtke and his daughter Chelsea, with buyer Ben Wetherall, Cleve, Elders Jamestown Scott Fleetwood and Nurtien Ag Solutions Jamestown Cody Hounsell.

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THE top price ram buyers at Bradfield's sale on Thursday at Mannanarie drove about 400 kilometres to see the stud's genetics in person and it helped the stud achieve a $4400 top price.

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SALE SUMMARY

               2021   2020

Offered  70       62

Sold       70       60

Top        $4400  $4400

Av          $1845   $1478

THE top price ram buyers at Bradfield's sale on Thursday at Mannanarie drove about 400 kilometres to see the stud's genetics in person and it helped the stud achieve a $4400 top price.

The stud offered 70 stud sires and recorded a $1845 sale average, up by $367 on last year's average.

The 96.9-kilogram top price ram was sired by a ram with Well Gully and Rices Creek genetics.

It had a 19 micron fleece with 2.3 standard deviation, 12.2 coefficient of variation and 100 per cent comfort factor.

Heggaton Holdings, Cleve, made the journey to pick put the top ram and Ben Wetherall and his father Brenton have been buyers of Bradfield genetics since 2016.

"We came here looking for top wool nourishment.

"We farm in a dry area and we need to keep the condition up and keep the dirt out. Otherwise the yield is affected.

"It was a big, solid ram and its wool had a waxy tip, that is what we came looking for."

The Wetherall's bought a further three rams averaging $2250 across the four.

Stud principal Stace Bradtke said the stud had worked "very hard" throughout the past 10 to 15 years on body type that suited a range of clients.

"I think we have the squareness of body and wool type that we have been chasing.

"The top price ram will translate over well to a West Coast program - it was so great to see the guys come over to select it."

The $4200 second-highest price was achieved twice, with Baynes Brothers through Nutrien Ag Solutions Jamestown securing both lots.

The first ram under the hammer at $4200 was a 102.5kg sire that had 18M wool with 3.4SD, 17.1CV and 99.4pc CF.

The second was lot number 15 that had a 19.4M fleece with 3.2SD, 16.5CV and 99.1pc CF.

The sale volume buyer was GI,BA&DG Simpson, Jamestown, who bought eight rams to $3600, averaging $2700.

WR&PJ Brown, Lock, bought seven to $2200, averaging $1742, while TG&K Williams, Orroroo, also secured seven to $2200, averaging $1400.

Elders auctioneer Tony Wetherall said the Bradtke's presented an "exceptional" team of rams.

"The depth of quality right from the first pen until the last was definitely a strong point for the stud.

"The lineup was exceptional and the bidding came accordingly.

"Buyers had the confidence to come to the sale and find the rams suited for their operation."

The stud also offered 90 stud ewes, with 50 selling at $300.

The sale was conducted by Elders Jamestown and Nutrien Ag Solutions Jamestown with Elders stud stock's Tony Wetherall as the auctioneer.

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