Buyers from Victoria, NSW and Queensland attended Alistair and Natasha Wells’ One Oak Poll ram sale last Friday to see a clearance of 101 rams, topping at $6000 three times and averaging $2069.31.  Despite the difficult seasons experienced by many of the buyers, the mood of the sale was positive.

The three rams that topped the sale were ET bred, by Wallaloo Park 422, out of a One Oak Poll elite stud ewe.

“It was a solid sale with good value buying throughout the sale. The sons of Wallaloo Park 422 were sort after for their long free growing, stylish wool, with the top rams having over 110mm staple length with 7 months wool.” Commented  Alistair Wells.

Lot 2 was the first ram to top at $6000 and was purchased by Mark and Helen Hoskinson, “Fernleigh”, Kikoira. This ram has a 17.8 micron, and 99.9 comfort factor. “We run a self replacing flock and shear twice a year. We are always trying to improve on the style of our sheep.  The ram we bought, brings the genetics we are seeking.  Alistair and Natasha are always looking to make their own improvements as well as making our decisions easier.”

Following on from lot 2, lot 3 also reached $6000 and was purchased by David and Rozie Kennett, from Jerilderie, NSW. This ram has a micron of 18.7, with a 99.6 comfort factor. The Kennett’s also purchased a second ram for $3500.

The third ram to make $6000 was purchased by Eulo Pastoral Company, Harden, NSW. This ram tested 19.6 micron with a 100pc comfort factor. Eulo Pastoral Company also purchased a second ram for $4500.

Narada Grazing Company, Tambo Qld, purchased 3 rams to a top of $5250, averaging $3833. The Browning family from “Ivyhome”, Jerilderie purchased 5 rams to a top price of  $4250 and averaged $2700.

Volume buyers of the sale were JW & J Caldwell, NSW purchasing 11 rams for an average of $2250, and “Rairong”, Gundagai, NSW, purchasing 13 rams for an average of $1673.

Other multiple purchasers at the sale were Carruthers and Sons, “Millbanks”, Tullibigeal, taking home 8 rams, averaging $1625 and the Worland Bros, “Bingarra”, Tullibigeal also purchasing 8 rams for an average $1562.

The Malones from “Gredgwinridge”, Boort, Vic purchased 6 rams for an average of $1708 and Robert Smith Nominees, Berrigan, NSW bought 5 rams for an average of $1900. The Boyd’s from Mitiamo, Vic took home 6 rams for an average of $1541.

Rachel Canfield of Yuruga Plains Yarns at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show

Rachel Canfield loves knitting and crocheting and wanted to spin the wool grown on her parent’s property, Yuruga Plains, into yarn for her own use. But once spun, the wool was too good to keep just for herself and so Rachel decided she was going to share this product with others. After seeking out the few remaining local businesses that would process the families raw wool into yarn, Rachel was able to create an entirely local product that is made from start to finish, in Victoria. Yuruga Plains yarns can be purchased online at The story of Yuruga Plains fine merino wool has been generations in the making. The Canfield’s, have been producing fine merino wool in the Loddon Valley region in Victoria for more than 80 years. Rachel’s parents, Geoff and Carol Canfield are long term One Oak Poll clients.

Justin and Natalie McCarten's ewes are awarded third place in the 2019 Lake Cargelligo Ewe Compettion.

The 24th annual Lale Cargelligo Maiden Merino Ewe Compettion was held on Friday February 1st, 2019, with eight competitors from Naradhan, Rankin Springs, Weethalle, Gubbata, Kikioira, Ungarie and Tullibigeal localities. First place was awarded to the Carruthers family of “Millbank” Tullibigeal who presented a flock of 20 micron One Oak Poll Merino ewes which the judges regarded as being very bloomy and high crimping wool with large framed sheep with a good butt shape for easy lambing and fertility. The Carruthers family achieve 91pc lambing and average 8.5 kg of wool per sheep. Their yield is 58pc and the ewes had 10 months wool growth. The ewes were classed by Michael Elmes, who culls 34.3pc of young ewe lambs to give an averaged gross margin of $247 per ewe.

Third place went to Justin and Natalie McCarten of “Glen Echo” Rankin Springs who presented a flock of 20 micron One Oak Poll blood ewes. The judges thought the wool displayed cut and handling in droughty, dusty conditions. The body shape was very good with a good finish of wool all over each ewe. These ewes have lambing percentages of 112pc which enables a culling rate of 32pc. Justin and Natalie cut 5.8 kgs of wool after 10 months, taking advantage of the good wool length their ewes grow to shear at less than 12 month intervals. The ewes yielded 59pc and gave an averaged gross margin of $261 per ewe. They were classed by Michael Elmes. 

Article courtesy of The Lake Cargelligo Ewe Competition committee

34 registered buyers from QLD, VIC and NSW saw a 100 pc clearance of the 94 rams offered at One Oak Poll’s 2018 auction. The sale averaged $2226 with a top of $6000. 24 March Shorn rams averaged $3020 and topped at $6000 and the following 70 paddock run rams averaged $1953. The top priced ram was purchased by Michael green from “Boudjah Merino Stud”, Cooma.