Top Banavie ram goes interstate

Banavie stud principal Tim Polkinghorne, Brent Flood, Karina Polkinghorne and Roger Polkinghorne with the top-priced Banavie ram.
Banavie stud principal Tim Polkinghorne, Brent Flood, Karina Polkinghorne and Roger Polkinghorne with the top-priced Banavie ram.

MARNOO stud, Banavie, has achieved a total clearance of all its rams at this year’s annual sale, with stud principal Tim Polkinghorne saying buyers appreciated the direction it was taking.

That was borne out by Langdene stud principal Garry Cox, who said it was the first time he had bought a ram at Banavie. He paid top price of $20,000 for Lot 71, a July 2016 drop ram.

“I just like the great style of the poll ram, his great structure, wool length and character,” Mr Cox said.

“He will be naturally joined to Langdene poll and horned ewes.”

Mr Cox said he was drawn to Banavie after seeing the stud’s animals at Sheepvention and the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.

The ram, Lot 71, was a son of Majestic 130333, which was sold to Western Australia for $60,000. Majestic was also a son of Collinsville Majestic 111139.

His dam was Pearler 009-345, described as having excellent bone and wool cut.

The heavy cutting ram had very long stapled, bright and lustrous medium wool.

The July 2016 drop ram weighed 105 kilograms and had figures of an 18.8 micron fleece, a standard deviation (SD) of three, a co-efficient of variation (CV) of 16 and a comfort factor of 99.6 per cent.

Stud principal Tim Polkinghorne said he was happy with the sale.

He said rams went to New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.

“Our breeding direction has been very stable, for a long time, and I think that is why people are coming to us,” Mr Polkinghorne said.

“We are trying to breed them predictable and true to type. ”We are looking for size, structure, fertility and bold, bright, soft wools.”

Landmark conducted the sale.