Roemahkita Ram Auction sets record average

DOUBLE: At Roemahkita are Landmark's Justin Thompson, Chris Watson, stud principal Joe Dahlitz, Aaron Watson, Xavier Watson and Elders' Tony Wetherall.
DOUBLE: At Roemahkita are Landmark's Justin Thompson, Chris Watson, stud principal Joe Dahlitz, Aaron Watson, Xavier Watson and Elders' Tony Wetherall.

Roemahkita Poll Merino Stud at Cummins is celebrating a massive result from its 29th Annual Ram Auction, with a near sellout of the 100 rams on offer at a record average of $2748.

There was strong interest in this year's sale with 39 registered buyers including six taking part for the first time.

Ninety eight of the 100 offered rams were sold at a record average of $2748, $296 more than last year and $223 more than the previous record of $2525 in 2017.

CD Watson & Co, Tooligie, bought the two top-priced rams at the sale at $5800 each, both sired by Roemahkita 160101.

The first ram weighed 108 kilograms with an eye muscle depth of 40.2 millimetres and fat depth of 6.3mm.

Its fleece measured 20.8 micron with a 3.1 standard deviation, 14.9 coefficient of variation and 99.5 per cent comfort factor.

The second ram was even bigger at 115kg with an eye muscle depth of 40.3mm and fat depth of 6.1mm, while its fleece measured 21.6 micron with a 2.8 standard deviation, 13 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.

Chris Watson said they were attracted to the rams' structure and meat traits, as well as the high quality white, fast growing wool.

"They will suit our breeding objectives really well," he said.

Mr Watson said the family had been customers of Roemahkita for more than 20 years and loved how it was always improving its stock.

Return client Brad Claughton, Claughton Family Trust, Yallunda Flat was the top volume buyer for the day with nine rams averaging $2933 paying to $4400.

Other volume buyers were the Baines Brothers, Cummins who bought eight rams averaging $4025 and to $4600 while GA and DJ Giddings, Tumby Bay also bought eight rams averaging $1850 and to $2800.

New buyers included Toogood Pastoral, Lameroo with two rams bought at $3800 each and RJ and BA Edwards from Devon Station, 20 kilometres east of Broken Hill who bought three averaging $1000.

Stud principal Joe Dahlitz said what stood out about this group of 100 rams was their size as well as wool quality and density.

This was a joint sale between Elders and Landmark, this year conducted by Landmark Tumby Bay.