Pleasing result at Mallee Hill

RAM SALE: Quality Livestock's David Whittenbury, Mallee Hill stud principal Warren Beattie, buyers Reece and Les Hull and Quality Wool's Simon Seppelt with the top-priced ram. Picture: Luca Cetta
RAM SALE: Quality Livestock's David Whittenbury, Mallee Hill stud principal Warren Beattie, buyers Reece and Les Hull and Quality Wool's Simon Seppelt with the top-priced ram. Picture: Luca Cetta

Bidding was competitive at the 14th annual on-property sale at Mallee Hill near Ceduna last Friday.

The difficulties farmers have faced in the Far West region after yet another testing season was reflected in the numbers - which could not replicate last year's sale - however it was still an impressive result for stud principal Warren Beattie.

The top-priced ram fell short of last year's record high sale price of $5000 when it went for $4400, and it was one of 84 rams sold from the 91 on offer during the auction.

The sale average price of $1121 from 12 months ago dipped to $1092 this time around.

The stud sold 72 of the 79 poll merinos on sale for an average price of $1152, while all 12 merinos went at an average of $725.

There was a crowd of mostly repeat buyers present and after spending a record amount last year, Les Hull of Elliston once again came away with the top-priced ram.

Lot 3 carried a micron fleece of 18.6, a standard deviation of 2.6 and a 99.8 per cent comfort factor on the 96-kilogram frame.

It was one of three purchases for Mr Hull, with his haul also including the second highest-priced ram at $3800.

This was Mr Hull's ninth visit to Mallee Hill and he said it was a good day at the office.

"I liked the nice soft and bright wool of the top ram," he said.

"I made three purchases overall and I like the frame and brightness of the wool that is produced here, and that it is out of the district compared to where I come from.

"I've been buying here for nine years and I will be back again."

Also making a splash was Nathan Warmington of Jevelara at Penong as one of the day's volume buyers with nine purchases.

"I've been coming here for four or five years and like that they are big, local rams that are used to the conditions in the area," he said.

Mr Beattie said he came away happy with the result, especially with the near-total clearance.

"I am very pleased and I am happy with the clearance considering the tough year we have had," he said.

"I was happy with the prices and the amount of buyers who turned up - last year we offered slightly more, but I was pleased with how it all went.

"The quantity and quality of the wool continues to improve and I look forward to the progeny of the Mulloorie and Collinsville sires."

Mr Beattie said his aim at the stud was for early maturing rams with thicker wool that was bold and crimpy, and between a 20 to 21 micron range.

Quality Wool auctioneer Simon Seppelt helped conduct the sale and said there was plenty of value for buyers.

"Given the conditions of the area it was a very strong sale and testament to the work of Warren and Erikah, who have a loyal band of clients," he said.

"Buyers were choosing heavy cutting wool and there was good value throughout.

"It was a good sale for commercial breeders."