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Local support helps stud set new av record

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TOP POLL: The $4300 top price Poll Merino ram at the Superior Wool Merinos sale with Elders auctioneer Steve Doecke, Kael Harkness, buyers James and Jamo Irwin, Balah Nominees, and SWM principal Richard Harkness.


                   2017      2016

Offered    92           80

Sold          91           78

Top            $4300    $4100

Av              $2313    $1501

THE Harkness family’s Superior Wool Merinos received a significant lift in support at their annual Poll Merino ram sale at Tintinara last Friday. 

They offered 92 rams to buyers from several SA regions, plus Tas, and were duly rewarded for the quality presented. Local support was particularly strong.

The rams topped at $4300 – up $200 on last year’s sale top – with the extra keenness from buyers also helping to push the average up by a huge 54 per cent to $2313 – the stud’s best ever sale result. 

There was a near total clearance with 91 finding new homes. The bidding was very strong on the early lots, with the first 10 rams offered averaging $2853.

The $4300 top price ram was in those top 10 lots and was highly-regarded by principal Richard Harkness as one of the better rams ever produced in the SWM flock.

“This ram has a terrific growth, balance and conformation and wool with brightness, staple length, definition and density, qualities we have built our reputation on,” Mr Harkness said.

Past top price ram buyers James Irwin, Balah Nominees, Burra and Keith, bought the top ram and five others, averaging $2000.

Reichstein Pastoral, buying through Elders Coonalpyn, were the biggest volume buyers, with 13 rams averaging $2000.

Hansen Farms, Coomandook, buying through Elders Murray Bridge, was the other double figure buyer with 10 rams averaging $2950.

The Johnson family, Mount Boothby Pastoral Co, through Elders Keith, were also strong bidders, purchasing six rams averaging $2667.

FO&VJ Hooper, through Elders Tintinara, and Bill Walker, Classings Ltd, Murray Bridge, were also strong bidders with eight rams each. 

The Hoopers rams averaged $2263, while Bill Walker’s, buying for clients, averaged $2338.

The sale was conducted by Elders Keith, with Steve Doecke as auctioneer.

                                  – IAN TURNER

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