A leading Wheatbelt sheep stud has celebrated a successful auction, clearing its catalogue and recording a sale-topper of $15,000.
The Lewisdale Ram Sale reached a top-price of $15,000 and all 240 rams offered were sold for an average price of $2456 per head at the Lewis family’s on-property auction on Saturday at Wickepin.
It was a back-to-back total clearance from last year’s result but this year the average price shot up $314 per head.
Lewisdale Merino Stud co-principal Ray Lewis said there was an emphasis on increasing Merino matings in WA as speculation was ripe for good Merino ewe sale orders from the drought-ridden Eastern States.
But it was overseas interest that created interest in the sale topper, a full-wool ram sired by Monty 30, which was offered as half semen rights and was secured by account Housheng Company.
The $8000 second top-price semen sire, sired by B948, was secured by Springhills Holdings, of Wickepin.
Mr Lewis, who spoke for the two absent buyers, said shares in the semen sires would involve genetic exports to South Africa, China and Argentina.
Both Poll Merino rams were from the 12 ram line-up of 2017-drop, August shorn full-wools, and each weighed over 165kg.
Esperance woolgrower Stephen Fowler, of Jumbuck Plains, secured five rams from the 2017-drop August shorn catalogue, to a top-price of $4400 and average of $4080.
He also paid $2750 for a 2017-drop March shorn ram, and said he would work the rams in a 450-head nucleus ewe flock to breed flock rams for his 15,500 commercial ewes.
“I was selecting for heavy cutting types with bold crimp and big bodies with condition,” he said.
We start shearing this week and also need to develop a strategy to sell our woolclip as the market is down.
Also active on the 2017-drop August shorn rams was repeat buyer GM Carmody Holdings, of Albany, which secured five rams for an average price of $3800.
GM Carmody Holdings secured another two rams including a $4250 equal top-price 2018-drop ram, for a total of seven rams throughout the catalogue for an average price of $3678.
The $4750 top-price 2017-drop March shorn ram was secured by repeat buyer AH Chisolm & Co, of Needilup, which also secured an equal $4250 top-priced ram out of the 2018-drop catalogue of 216 rams.
AH Chisolm & Co secured a total of seven rams for an average price of $3528.
Account Bond Brothers, of Quairading, secured the third $4250 equal top-price 2018-drop ram, and tallied a total of six rams for an average price of $3692 for the day.
Of the 31 registered buyers, nine repeat accounts bought 10 rams or more with Joe Della Vedova, of Esperance, securing 34 rams for an average $2500.
“I was selecting for frame and volume wool types for my flock of 12,500 ewes,” he said.