Collandra North top ram to NSW
The team at Collandra North Poll Merino have much to smile about following the stud’s annual ram sale last Thursday, with their $4000 catalogue topper sourced by a new interstate client with international connections.
Taken at lot 12, the 121.5kg ram with 21 micron fleece measuring 99.3 percent comfort factor, 17 coefficient of variation and 3.6 standard deviation was purchased by Ben Watts, Bralca Merinos, Molong, NSW.
Crediting the ram’s “purity and early maturity” as the perfect fit for his superfine merino stud that contracts wool to Italy, the ram first caught Mr Watts’ eye when he visited the Tumby Bay property in early 2014.
“I came down here for the first time in the summer and went through the then lambs with Syd. At that meeting I selected half-a-dozen that had the qualities we were seeking; a look currently not available in NSW.”
“We are getting more and more demand from our ram clients for bigger growth rams that reach that sale weight early. This ram reached 61kgs at seven-months old, that’s exceptional,” he said.
One of three interstate buyers, Mr Watts returned to Molong with two stud sires, the pair will cover selected stud ewes via artificial inseminated in January 2015.
The Collandra North annual sale celebrated its 35th year in commanding style: an impressive $297 jump in average, at $1716, from $1449 in 2013, with 109 of the 110 pure Collinsville blood stock offered sold.
“Buyers want that early maturing lamb, as well as the ability to a cut a quality, large fleece off their ewes’ year in, year out and that’s what we continue to strive for,” stud principal Sydney Lawrie said.
Mr Lawrie represents Collandra North’s third generation and said the near-perfect clearance rate and buyer interest spanning four states was extremely satisfying.
“We couldn’t be happier with the result. The depth in the sale was strong and to get an average over $1700 shows the consistency of our stock.”
The stud is synonymous with big frame, quick developing rams coupled with bright, white, high quality, high yielding fibre, and Mr Lawrie attributed a “fantastic” growing season for boosting that “early growth.”
Walkindyer Poll Merino stud, WA, secured the second top-price ram at $3900. Another new face amongst the 30 registered bidders, stud principal Warwick Teakle took a total of three rams back to his North Hampton stud, having been introduced to Collandra North genetics in July, at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Repeat buyers John and Cheryl Johnson, Glen-Ora Station, Ivanhoe rounded out the interstate presence. The Johnson’s collected nine rams to $2300, in what was their 17th buying trip.
Impressed with their 2013 acquisitions, GH&CJ Bensen, Butler Tanks, returned for a second year, securing the third top-price ram ($3400) amongst their eight purchases.
The Agars family, Tungatta Station, Sheringa showed their on-going support, with 13 to $2100, topping up 2013’s haul of 14.
“We’ve been coming here now for 25-odd years and the stock never disappoints. They are good, hardy, uncomplicated sheep that do the job on our station country,” Steve Agars said.
Other volume buyers included: EH&LC Sires and Partners, Elliston, with nine to $2800, and six-a-piece to BJ&KK Thomas, Tumby Bay, and SJ&PJ McKeough, Peterborough, for a top of $1800 and $1300 respectively.
The Stock Journal