Sale exceeds expectations

TOP RAM: Pimbena stud principal Les Hamence, Landmark Ceduna's Bruce Woods and buyers Di Thomas and John Duncan following the sale with the stud's top priced ram. Picture: Luca Cetta
TOP RAM: Pimbena stud principal Les Hamence, Landmark Ceduna's Bruce Woods and buyers Di Thomas and John Duncan following the sale with the stud's top priced ram. Picture: Luca Cetta

A higher top-end price than last year as well as more rams sold made for a successful 25th annual Pimbena Poll Stud on-property sale at Wirrulla last Wednesday.

Stud principal Les Hamence had 14 fewer rams on offer this year, however 49 out of the 56 on offer were sold during the auction with some new buyers and a number of regulars in attendance.

While the average sale price dipped slightly from $1074 in 2017 to $1016 this year, the top price beat last year’s top of $2800 with Wirrulla’s John Duncan and Di Thomas paying $3000 for Lot 2.

The 88-kilogram ram carried a 16.6 micron fleece with 2.9 standard deviation and a 99.2 per cent comfort factor.

The 16-month-old was sired by Wallaloo Park 245.

Mr Duncan made five purchases overall but said he was impressed by the top ram’s characteristics.

“I liked his fleece weight when shorn, he had a high fleece weight and I liked his characteristics overall,” he said.

“I have been buying here for 10 years and I like what Les does in keeping the microns low and the wool packed on.

“Nearly all rams were sold but it was a bit lighter because of the season, although it was a nice even line with no two or three rams which really stood out, and there were bargains too which was good.”

Lot two was one of only two rams to pass $2000 with the other being sold for $2500.

Classings Limited’s Bill Walker was one of the big volume buyers for the day.

Mr Hamence said given the nature of the season he was pleased with how the sale went, especially in passing last year’s number of rams sold despite having fewer up for auction.

“We had nearly all cleared out this time when I was expecting more to be passed over – and they were at affordable prices too, with the sale average about the same as last year,” he said.

“Overall it was a good sale and it was good to hit $3000 for the top price, so I am happy.”

Mr Hamence said he was seeking greater growth rates from his stock.

“I try to grow them a bit bigger and get more wool on them,” he said.

“Looking at the fleece weight, when I compare to what I had five years ago the current rate is up by 50 per cent.”

Landmark SA auctioneer Gordon Wood said the near-complete sale was testament to Mr Hamence’s work.

“It was quite a good sale that was strongly supported by return buyers, with a few who have come back into the system.

“There were more rams sold this year which is a great result for Les, he puts in a lot of hard work and concentrates on having trait leaders, and he has made considerable investments.”