MELROSE Merino Stud has recorded its best sale yet.
Twenty poll and 29 horn rams were among the rams on offer at an on-property auction at Nurrabiel on Wednesday last week.
Warren Russell said the sale was the “best result” the stud could have hoped for.
The stud achieved a total clearance of poll rams, which averaged $1900 with a top price of $3300, that being lot 18 - 16Y1330 (17.2 mic 3.1sd 18.1cv 100cf 159 FP+ 168 MP+ index) purchased by Ron Anderson.
The second top-priced ram, also a poll purchased by Noremac Partnership, $3200 lot 19 - 16Y9453 (17.4 mic 3.2sd 18.9 cv 152 FP+ 161MP+ index).
Of the horn rams, 27 of the 29 on offer sold for an average of $1455, with a top price of $2300 being lot 42 - 16MBC096 purchased by Mick and Bet Eagan with 17.4 mic 3.1 sd 18.3 cv 100cf 150 FP+ 151 MP+ index.
The results from the combined sale group, 47 of the 49 on offer sold at an average $1644 – $557 up on last year’s sale average of $1087 for 40 of 48 rams.
Volume buyers included Beveridge Agriculture with seven rams for an average of $1714 and Ethandune partnership also with seven for an average of $1000. A further nine rams sold after the sale.
The sale rams had an average body weight of 89 kilograms, 17.8 mic FP+ index of 147 and MP+ index of 150.
Mr Russell said, in the lead-up to the sale, that the stud’s philosophy of balance was a blend of technology and tried and true methods of breeding sheep.
“This balanced approach achieves measured improvements with animals that will breed predictably, profitably and true to type, every time,” he said.