Willandra Sale - Top price $81,000
Spirited bidding during the opening of the 37th annual on-property Merino ram sale at "Wiilandra", Jerilderie on account of Ross and Irene Wells and their family saw top price of $81,000 paid for a ram who has had an exciting show season.
The ram, 008 was Grand Champion March Shorn ram at the Royal Adelaide Show 2015.
He had graduated through the strong wool class to be Champion March shorn strong wool ram.
Willandra studmaster, Ross Wells said he has a fantastic conformation with brilliant wool.
"He is the type of ram Merino breeders in WA and SA are looking for," Mr Wells said.
"And he is ideal for their conditions."
The ram is by GP, a ram sold to Geoff Peters, Ballatherie Poll Merinos, Hillston in 2011 for $22,000.
Willandra 008 has an Eye Muscle Depth of 47mm which was 3mm ahead of the other entarnts in the All-Purpose class at Bendigo Sheep Show this year.
His mean micron measured 20.6 and C/F of 99.8.
Purchased by a West Australian syndicate represented by Clinton Blight, Seymour Park Merinos, Highbury the losing bidder was Nigel Kerin, Kerin Poll Merinos, Yeoval.
85 rams were sold of the 100 offered for an overall sale average of $3661.
Photo: Willandra Merino stud, Jerilderie studmaster Ross Wells with his grandson Angus Heath
Credit: Stephen Burns