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Poll Merinos at Trigger Vale to $8000, avg $2,661

The LandReported by:
Stephen Burns

Darren Gordon, Dunkeld, and Ricky Luhrs, Moorala, Victoria, with Jamieson and Mandi Bouffler, Trigger Vale stud, Lockhart. Mr Luhrs paid top price of $8000 for a Poll Merino.

A complete clearance of the 153 Poll Merinos offered by Andrew and Mandi Bouffler at their annual Trigger Vale on-property stud sale at Lockhart produced a top price of $8000 and a sale average of $2661.

Interstate buyers competed with ram clients from central NSW and the Riverina.

Studmaster, Andrew Bouffler, said the result was outstanding and he welcomed new clients along with many loyal buyers.

“We are attracting a lot of diverse clients and many are looking for meaty type Merinos but still with good wool cut and good wool,” he said. “The sale was up $300 average on last year, which is a very strong result.”

Top price at $8000 was paid by repeat buyer, Ricky Luhrs, Morala, Victoria, for a ram he purchased for his self-replacing flock.

Mr Luhrs said he has selected rams from the Trigger Vale stud for the past four years for their performance breeding, growth of the progeny and excellent carcase.

“The wool quality is getting better and the ram ticked all the ASBV boxes I look for,” Mr Luhrs said. “He has high quality, stylish wool, fleece weight and staple length.”

The May 2016 drop son of MOJ140377 was in the top 10 per cent for all traits measured by Trigger Vale.

The market was dominated by volume and return clients included P.A. and L.M. Forbes, “Woodend”, Lockhart who selected 13 new sires to average $3123, and Yambarra Pastoral Co, “Yambarra”, Forbes, who bought 12 rams to top $4200 and average price $2734.

The Kurrle family, “Sundbury Park”, Lockhart, purchased five rams for an average $3620, while K.L. and P. Mitchell, Devenish, Victoria, took four rams home for a $4000 average price while Bellevue Partners, “Bellevue”, Urana, added to their sire battery with four rams for a $3400 average.

WA woolgrowers, D.K. and G.D. Radford, from Kojunup, purchased at the top end of the sale and took home two sires for $4400 average while Kohat Farm, Onyerup, WA, purchased six rams for an average $1484.

Ian Alexander, “Wattle Valley”, Finley, paid an average price of $2234 for his draft of six rams while the Schirmer family, “Rushdon”, Lochkart, also bought six rams but for an average of $2667.

Riverina clients included D.S. and J.E. McKenzie, “Carinyah”, Barellan, who paid to $5000 for their draft of four rams to average $4100 while Tralee Rural Enterprises, Lockhart, paid $6000 for their ram.

Wagga Wagga agents, Elders and H Francis and Co, conducted the sale with Ron Rutledge and Joe Wilks on the rostrum. 


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