Offered 80 71
Sold 80 71
Top $10,000 $6400
Av $2384 $2365
THE Brimanna stud at Yeelanna is going from strength-to-strength with full clearance and a record top and average achieved at Jayden and Ashlee Harris’ ram sale on Monday.
All 80 rams offered were sold in the main auction, with an average of $2384, an increase on last year’s record $2365.
There was also a mini auction held with total clearance of 14 rams and an average of $979, giving an overall sale average of $2174.
Making the top price of $10,000 was a ram that won second place in the EP Hogget Ram of the Year competition at the Eyre Peninsula Stud Merino and Poll Merino Pre-Sale Expo at Wudinna in July.
Sired by Moorundie NE20, the ram weighed 125 kilograms, with eye muscle depth of 42.4 millimetres and fat score of 8.5. Its wool figures were 21.6 micron, 2.7 standard deviation, 12.3 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.
The ram was bought by return client Clint Rayner, Kimba, to go into duties at his Millbrae stud.
Mr Rayner said he was impressed by the ram’s length, size, deep barrel and bone structure.
“I also like its staple length and it’s got lots of well-nourished wool over it,” he said.
“It’s got really good eye muscle depth and muscle definition, which results in a strong doing sheep.”
Buying the second highest price ram at $6400 was WP Mickan & Sons, Cummins, who took a further two rams at $5200 and $2400.
There were seven new buyers including Jed and Lochy Siegert, Edillilie, with five rams to $2600 and a $1680 average, Mark Mahoney, Jandomar Ag, Mount Hope, five rams to $2000 and a $1800 average, Denny Sheehan, Cummins, six rams to $2000 and a $1416 average and David Giddings, Wanilla, with eight rams to $2000 and a $1337 average.
Return clients Kaira Pty Ltd, Wirrulla, bought six rams to $4600 and a $3200 average, while CD Watson & Co, Tooligie, bought three rams to $4200 and a $3600 average.
Buyers also travelled from further afield including Symfen Pty Ltd, Malinong, with four rams to $2600 and a $2075 average and Allen Buckley, Glenrae Holdings, Waikerie, with three rams to $5400 and a $4133 average.
Stud principal Jayden Harris said he was happy with the sale, especially considering more rams were offered.
Mr Harris said the outstanding support meant they could continue investing for the future, which included the two Greenfields rams Brimanna bought in share with Minta at last year’s Royal Adelaide Show for $36,000 and $20,000.
“I think these rams will take our breeding program to a whole new level, as well as our ram that won the EP Hogget Ram of the Year last year, which we’ve retained in the stud,” he said.
The sale was conducted by Landmark with stud stock manager Gordon Wood auctioneering.