THE 2017 ram sale season got off to a cracking start at the Brimanna poll merino auction at Yeelanna on Monday, July 24, with a record average for the stud of $2365 – up $507 on the previous year’s sale.
The stud also achieved a full clearance of 71 rams in its 31st annual on-property sale – eight more than what was offered last year.
Making the top price of $6400 was a half-brother to the Brimanna sire that won this year’s Elders hogget ram of the year title at the Eyre Peninsula pre-sale expo at Wudinna.
The 116.5-kilogram top price ram had an eye muscle depth of 42.8 millimetres and fat score of 3.8mm.
It was sired by Greenfields PM345 and had wool figures of 19.9 micron, 3.2 standard deviation, 15.9 coefficient of variation and 99.5 per cent comfort factor.
It’s good to see that people who have been buying from us are obviously having success out in the paddock.
The ram was bought by Dan Vorstenbosch, Arunta Pastoral, Warramboo, who also bought a further two rams, with an average of $5100.
Mr Vorstenbosch bought rams from Brimanna for the first time last year, on the advice of his wool classer Paul Cousins, Cousins Merino Services, Burra.
He said the top price ram stood out for its great figures, body size and the long staple length.
Buyers of the second-highest price ram at $5500 were NA & AM Maddern of Yeelanna.
Volume bidders included return clients Kaira Pty Ltd, Wirrulla, with seven averaging $3328, and long-time buyers A & T Robins, Yeelanna, with 12 averaging $800.
A mini-auction was also held, with 14 out of 15 rams selling to $900 and averaging $821.
Brimanna stud principal Jayden Harris was pleased to see a good spread of return clients and new faces at the sale.
“It was good to see our clientele from previous years come back, as well as some new buyers,” Mr Harris said.
“It’s good to see that people who have been buying from us are obviously having success out in the paddock,” he said.
The sale was conducted by Landmark with Gordon Wood auctioneering.