Bea Litchfield, Hazeldean Merinos, Cooma (centre) with Erica and Dave Shorter, "Boola", Burren Junction, and the top priced ram at $15,500 purchased by the Shorter family.

Hazeldean Merinos to $15,500

The 2016 Hazeldean Merinos Monaro Ram Sale where 139 quality rams were presented for auction by the Litchfield family, realised a top price of $15,500 with average price of $2200 for 126 sold.

Stud principal, Jim Litchfield, reflecting upon the prices paid for his quality offering, said it was “the best top price for many years.”

“The sheep presented well and I am pleased with the result, especially as we had many repeat clients her today,” Mr Litchfield said.

The top priced ram, at $15,500 was bought by Dave and Erica Shorter, “Boola”, Burren Junction, and they were attracted to their new sire for his outstanding production of quality wool on a balance body.

“His wool was beautiful and there is plenty of it,” Mr Shorter said.

He intends to join his new sire with specially selected five year Poll Merino ewes, recently purchased with Ballatherie Poll and Uardry Poll bloodlines.

Volume buyers were prominent and included loyal clients Tony and Alex Hill, “Springvale”, Cootamundra who selected a draft of 24 rams at auction paying average price $2594 with a top of $3500.

The sale was facilitated by Monaro Livestock and Property, Cooma, with well-known Tamworth-based auctioneer Paul Dooley taking the bids.