Old Dundee offers ‘best ever’ line-up

TOP RAM: Russell Hodder and Jason Hodder, Old Dundee Merino stud, Marnoo, with top-priced buyer Kevin Hynam, Hynam Poll Merinos, Longwood (centre).
TOP RAM: Russell Hodder and Jason Hodder, Old Dundee Merino stud, Marnoo, with top-priced buyer Kevin Hynam, Hynam Poll Merinos, Longwood (centre).

OLD Dundee Merino stud offered 38 rams at its helmsman auction as a part of an open day at the Marnoo Merino Field Day.

The stud sold 18 of 38 rams and reached a top price of $2700, averaging $1125.

The top-priced ram, Lot 20, was purchased by Hynam Poll Merinos stud principal Kevin Hynam, Longwood.

“I liked his wool type, he has great staple length and crimp definition,” Mr Hynam said.

“Structurally, he was good. He has the poll factor and he’s good on his feet.”

The ram recorded fleece measurements of a 20.8 micron, 3 standard deviation (SD), 14.9 per cent co-efficient of variation (CV), and a 99pc comfort factor (CF).

The ram will be joined in November to maiden ewes.

“I’ve sold (Old Dundee) a couple of rams in the past and I’ve used semen from one of their rams in the past, too. I still have one of my rams that I use who is by that ram, he’s a good ram,” Mr Hynam said.

“In the past we’ve owned a ram from Wallaloo Park in partnership, too.

“We both just have very similar breeding objectives.”

Old Dundee stud co-principal Jason Hodder said this year’s line-up of rams was one of the best.

“We have the sheep to exactly where we want them to be. They have good lambing percentages, good growth and good wool cut,” he said.

“We had an extra stud sire in the system, too, so we were able to offer 10 more rams than normal.”

Elders conducted the sale.