Collandra North sells $20,000 ram to Vic
COLLANDRA North Poll Merino stud from Tumby Bay has achieved a new stud record selling an 11-month-old ram for $20,000 privately during the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo last weekend.
The 19.1 micron ram which was earmarked for the Adelaide Merino ram sale in September has sold to Victoria Merino breeders Kelvin and Jackie Pendergast, Pendarra Merino stud, Benambra.
The Pendergast’s paid the top price tag for the stylish son of Greenfields XP87 ( Bond) which Collandra North bought for $29,000 at the Adelaide ram sale three years ago..
He was only 11 months of age, weighing 93 kilograms, 19.1 micron, with a 2.5 standard deviation, 13.1 coefficient variation and 99.8 comfort factor.
Mr Pendergast said he was a Merino breeder that had bred a few Poll rams over the past few years, but was getting more and more requests from his clients for Poll rams, so they invested in a ram that had similar attributes to their sheep, minus the horns.
He said they did an artificial Insemination program last year to step up their Poll program and this was the next stage.
“I love the style of wool he had, confirmation and body structure all on a top ram with a very productive skin,” he said.
Mr Pendergast said you can find plenty of Poll rams that have good wool but lack production and visa versa, but rarely do you find a ram like this that has plenty of production and a great stylish wool.
Collandra North stud principal Sydney Lawrie from Tumby Bay said it was fantastic to see their genetics were gathering a lot of interest from interstate buyers.
“You take sheep there to present them to breeders from around Australia so it is very pleasing to get our genetics out and sold into other areas.”
“This line of rams are showing thick, gutsy wool, with early maturing, outstanding well grown ram lambs,” Mr Lawrie said.
He said the $20,000 ram was a real stand out of their show team.
“It was hard to even consider selling him in Adelaide but last year we kept two very good sons of XP87.”
“This gave us an opportunity to sell him, and we have still got his father and have two more drops on the ground.”
“There may be some people who have seen him who are disappointed we have sold him but to be able to get that money was fantastic. Everyone will have an opportunity to get semen and he will be shown in Adelaide before he goes to his new home.”
Collandra North has made the long trek to Bendigo for the past five years and also made two significant sales in 2011.
That year they sold two young rams at $10,000 each to New South Wales Riverina based Uardry stud at Hay and One Oak Poll stud at Jerilderie.
By BRETT TINDAL and CATHERINE MILLER