The Hogg family, of the combined Navanvale and Sunny Valley Poll and Merino studs, achieved a top price of $6100 at the Williams Breeder Ram Sale held on October 3.
The sale topper, a two-tooth Merino sired by a Woodyarrup ram and out of a special stud ewe, sold to first-time buyer Whippy Dawes, of Rutherglen stud, Yearling.
Mr Dawes said the ram represented out-cross genetics, but similar wool style for use in his family’s stud.
“After securing Hazeldean rams from NSW for many years, in recent times we have been buying local WA rams that have continued to improve over the past 15 years,” he said.
The 120kg ram recorded a 20-micron fleece, 3.4 SD, 17.0 CVD, 99.7 per cent CF and a 4.5 FWT.
Overall, the Hogg family offered 100 rams (32 Poll and 68 Merino) through Landmark and Elders, selling 87 (27 Poll and 60 Merino) for an average price of $1729, up $47/head on last year.
The $4800 top-priced Poll Merino ram, sired by Yarrawonga 961 and out of a Navanvale Justin ewe, sold to first-time buyer Keith Hams, of Keetlen Valley stud, Newdegate.
Mr Hams said the ram represented a similar wool style to his family’s stud, yet would provide out-cross genetics.
The 121kg Poll recorded an 18.9 micron fleece, 3.1 SD, 16.4 CVD, 100 per cent CF and a 4.5 FWT.
Also bidding off the top-line, Boyup Brook repeat buying account Mt Ferguson secured five Merino rams to a top of $3900 and average price of $2400.
Goomalling account KG and MB Kingston paid $3500 for a Merino ram from the catalogue as lot six, while Woodanilling account FJ Carter secured lot one, a Poll Merino, for $3200 and paid $1500 for a Merino.
Also returning to the sale, Katanning’s Capemount Farms secured three Polls for an average price of $2900, while local Williams account Glenorchy Grazing Co secured six rams for an average price of $1317.
Volume buyer Wes Lavender, of Williams, the previous Sunny Valley stud co-owner, secured 18 rams (14 Poll and four Merino) to a top price of $3000 and average price of $1672.
Landmark agent Mitchell Crosby said it was a solid sale.
“The Hogg family have continued to invest in good quality genetics including the recent purchase of a $42,000 Charinga Merino ram,” he said.