DNA rams at Pooginook
The Pooginook Merino stud, Jerilderie, was proud to offer 240 Poll Merino and Merino rams and manager John Sutherland was pleased to see 100 per cent clearance for average price $2632 with spirited bidding from 70 registered buyers.
In summary, 109 Merino rams sold to top $3,800 and average $2,373, with 131 Poll Merino rams selling to top $10,000 and average $2,847.
Mr Sutherland noted the overall sale average was up $400 on last year.
Mr Sutherland said the stud has embraced the use of DNA to identify the top performing ewes and sires providing full pedigree and enhancing accuracy of the ASBVs.
This use of the latest technology provides further genetic gains for the benefit of all clients and the whole wool industry.
“We are delighted to be able to provide the first drop of sale rams from the DNA pedigree program we began in 2016,” he said.
“In 2016 Pooginook DNA sampled 4,000 stud ewes and their progeny.
“This is increasing the accuracy of the Australian Sheep Breeding Values.”
Woolgrowers and sheep producers certainly responded to the new concept of measuring productivity, paying to $10,000 for a Poll Merino ram with excellent prices recorded throughout the sale.
The top priced ram was bought by Albury-based stud consultant David Taylor on account Craigmore Pastoral Co, Katanning, WA, who have been committed to the Pooginook genetic base since the early 1940s.
“They wanted stretch and barrel in their sheep because the WA breeders are big on conformation and this ram fitted their criteria,” Mr Taylor said.
“Plain bodied sheep are also required as WA breeders cannot sell anything with skin.”
The ram ranked high in the assessment with 175 in the MerinoSelect Merino Production Plus Index, 20.1 micron and 3.7 SD.
Mr Taylor also assisted another longtime WA client R.M. Crosby, from Katanning with their $6,000 Poll Merino purchase.
“Mr Crosby wanted a richer and free growing wool on a plainer skin, and didn’t want a ram which was too complicated,” he said. “The ram is very square with a magnificent deep crimped medium wool.”
Rick and Jenny Robertson, Gracemere Partnership, Bengworden, Victoria paid $5,000 for their choice in the Poll Merino draft, adding to sire battery with four rams at average $4063. Mr Robertson liked their first pick for his sweet wool and good carcase figures.
“Post weaning weight, yearling bodyweight and fat cover are important for us because of our environment, light soil and ever present worm burden,” he said.
“The ram also has a great barrel with spring of rib and good bone.”
During the past season, Mr Robertson scanned his ewes for spring lambing at 135 per cent, and has sold 650 12 month old wethers as woolcutters for $88.
Other good sales included $4,750 for a Poll Merino bought by North Yathong Pastoral Co, Jerilderie: $4,250 for a Poll Merino bought by Green Valley Properties, Eurongilly and $4,000 for Poll Merino bought by L.J. and M.J. Proctor, St Arnaud, Vic
Volume buyers included J.H. Nazzari and Co, Tambellup, WA who bought nine rams to $3400 and average price $2555; Green Valley Properties who bought nine poll rams to $4,250, Barham P/L who bought 7 Merinos to $3,800; D.C and C.H. Sambell and Sons, Apsley, Victoria who paid to $3500 for their choice of two rams and B.C and M.J Olive, Charlton, Vic, who took home five rams for average price $2950.
Gonn Pastoral Co, Murrabit, purchased five rams for $2040 average price, while Bourchier Brothers, Tocumwal added to their ram battery with four rams at $2100 average.
The sale was conducted by Landmark Mills, Finley and Elders, Jerilderie in conjunction with Rick Power and Nick Gray taking the bids.