BY CLARE KING
USUALLY it is the custom for studs to put up their best rams at the beginning of the sale and finish with their more middle of the road types.
However such was the consistency and outstanding quality of this year’s Challara sale team that buyers were still forced to pay up $1700 for the last ram in the 119 head catalogue.
While this year’s $2200 top price was a significant jump down on last year’s top, the average was well up (by $134) with a 100pc clearance of the 119 rams at an average of $1408 which laid testament to the consistency of the team.
Buying the top rams at this year’s sale was Graham Lethlean, GE & HL Lethlean, Badgingarra, who took home lot 13 for $2200.
This ram, like the whole of the Challara sale team, presented as a very well tested and well put together sire with the wool type and quality to support his figures.
A Challara client of 10 years, Mr Lethlean said that the ram would fit well into his SRS based flock and would be used over a select group of about 170 ewe hoggets.
“He was just the right type to go into our operation,” he said.
“He’s heavy cutting, has a nice long staple length and his wool type was the right fit for our existing SRS flock.”
The sire was down as being 21.2 for micron, 16 for CV, 72.5pc for yield, 75mm for wool length and measured 5kg for greasy fleece weight.
He also had a good eye muscle depth measurement of 39mm.
Mr Lethlean also purchased another ram at $1500.
New volume buyers, Newmarracarra Coy, Geraldton, put together the biggest team on the day and filled an order for 13 rams paying to a top of $1800 and average of $1285 whilst another new buyer MT Gerizm Farms, Dandaragan, secured nine rams all up to a top of $1600 and average of $1422.
There was also a swag of consistent return buyers on hand to make sure they got their quota of the Challara genetics and DP Morcombe, Jurien Bay, were just such clients buying nine rams all up averaging $1456.
Securing eight rams, Jirando Family Trust, Regans Ford, paid an average of $1025 for their team and A & G Kenny, Badgingarra, followed suit also taking home eight to average $1600.
Another familiar face, GD & G Palmer, Ongerup, made the long pilgrimage up again for the sale taking home seven rams averaging $1642 while return buyers Stacy Partners, Watheroo, filled their ute with six rams which together averaged $1567.
Other buyers which picked up six rams included G & N Wilkinson, Badgingarra, who paid an average of $1167 for their selections.
Landmark stud stock auctioneer Dean Allen said that when comparing the results to that of last year it was clear that the work the Challara stud had put into continuing to improve and work on the consistency of their genetics was paying off.
“While it was an excellent sale last year, it was even better this year in terms of the consistency and the quality of the rams,” he said.
“The rams were really so even right through the catalogue and I think one of the really big improvements is on the conformation and structure.
“A great sale.”
Published in Farm Weekly, 7 September 2012.