Total Rams Offered
Friday 14th September 2018
Inspection starts 10am
Sale starts 1:30pm
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David with Sam Przibilla and Elders’ Tom Penna, with top priced ram $7,400 >
2018 Pre-Sale Highlights
- The 2018 ram sale team has more at the top end and greater depth of quality.
- A few of our top rams have been shedded and will offer one ram in Adelaide on Friday 7th September.
- The first seven in our on property auction were regulation shorn (1st March) and have been shedded since mid March.
- The figures of our shedded rams should not be compared with the paddock run rams.
- The rest of the Sale team were shorn first week in April and run under paddock conditions. Apart from the dusty tip, they have coped well and body weights are only back a few kilograms from last year.
- We are committed to selling mostly paddock run rams. This season has been a great example of how some sheep fail to cope with tough conditions and we put a lot of emphasis on do-ability.
- Microns are back significantly but they still carry the trademark Mernowie bold crimp.
- The CV’s and SD’s are higher than usual which we attribute to the high variability of feed quantity and quality from shearing in early April until they were tested.
- Wool cuts should not be compared with other years as the shearing intervals are quite different. This however does not affect the Ywt ASBV.
- Our current mature age ewe flock is averaging about 19.5 microns
- We recently sold wool from the sisters of this year’s ram sale team, it tested 17.4 microns at 40 nkt and sold for $18.35 per kg greasy.
- Older ewes that had all reared lambs tested 18.7 micron at 49 nkt sold for $16.52 per kg.
- Priority has been placed on improving growth rates along with Fat and Eye Muscle, Wool cut and low Worm Egg Count using Australian Sheep Breeding Values.
- Our intention is to AI at least 750 ewes again this season using proven rams.
- We remain committed to supplying stock of the highest health standard with our Brucellosis Accreditation and participation in the Sheep Market Assurance Program for Ovine Johnes Disease.
- The Przibilla family from Riverton bought the top price ram at $7,400. This ram was a big volume sire with an impressive 120-kilogram bodyweight and a yearling clean fleece weight figure of 23 to match.
- Another highlight in the line-up was Mernowie 512, the stud’s Fibre Meat Plus class winner at the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show. Offered at lot 2, this ram was snapped up by Alex Horne and Leonie Mills, Morley stud, Cowell, for $7000.
- Previous top price buyers the Groves family from Booleroo Centre, securing lots 4, 5 and 6 to $6800, averaging $5133.
- Regular Mernowie supporter Grant Burge, Burge Estates, Tanunda, took 23 rams to $3000, averaging $1726.
- Other volume buyers included I&M Kelly also bought six to $2,800 for their property at Lock. Andriske Farms, Loxton took home 4 rams to $3,000, and Miller Partners, Riverton found 6 rams at an average of $1050.
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