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Great result at Tamaleuca’s second auction

Stock & Land

Sale topper: Tamaleuca principal Kevin Crook, buyer Orm McLeod, Kelso Station, Wentworth NSW, and auctioneer Geoff Sutton, Elders Mildura, with the top-priced ram. Photo supplied.

Tamaleuca Merinos and Poll Merinos

*59 of 60 rams sold to $3900, av $1785

TAMALEUCA stud at Ouyen has backed up the success of last year’s debut on-property ram sale.

Principal Kevin Crook said it felt great to have had such a strong sale, particularly considering many buyers are experiencing a poor season

“It’s a reasonable season here but a lot of the areas the rams are going into are in serious drought,” Mr Crook said.

Despite this, 59 rams sold of the 60 offered at auction, which included 51 polled and nine horned. The average price for these big-framed, heavy-cutting rams was $1785, up $265 up on last year’s result.

Eighty-six more rams sold after the auction. These were sold via private selection, with rams at graded prices.

Mr Crook, who runs the farming operation with son Geoff, said the top rams were offered in the auction. He said the 15 month-old rams weighed 100-115kg and had quality 18-19 micron wool, with the heavy cut for which the stud is known. This included a son of Willandra W53, whose pedigree goes back to the Desmond family, that topped the sale at $3900, which was $1200 up on last year’s result. Mr Crook said the big-framed, masculine Merino ram had very pure, soft-handling wool that tested 19.3 micron, and was knocked down to repeat buyer Orm McLeod of Kelso Station, Wentworth NSW. He purchased two others.

Jeff and Sue Smith, Allambie Station, Menindee NSW, purchased the most rams at auction. They took home seven for prices ranging from $1100 to $1300.

Other big volume buyers included Ettershank Pastoral, Murrabit (with six rams at auction and six in the graded sale) and Guthul Station, Euston NSW (with three at auction and 13 after).

Mr Cook said there was a solid crowd and rams were sold to 20 different buyers, including two new clients. Buyers came from as far as Broken Hill and Gilgandra in NSW, and as far south as Stawell. He said Andrew Ettershank, Gilgandra, had been hand-feeding since last November, so purchased fewer rams than they had in previous years.

Mr Crook was very pleased with the result and said it was the most even line up they’d had, with prices holding strong until the end of the auction. He said that was possible thanks to the big base of 1200 quality stud ewes, which they had built up over the more than 30 years Tamaleuca had been a registered stud.

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