Patrick and Andrew Davis, Demondrille Merino stud, Harden with their $4000 top-priced
purchase at Tara Park's Merino sale, Boorowa, with Guy Evans, Tara Park, and the equal
top-priced ram and buyer, Jack Whitechurch, Wendouree Merinos, Bimbi via Grenfell

Report on the Stud Ram Sale by BRETT TINDAL
©"The Land" Newspaper Thursday October 9th 2008 (article and photograph)

Tara Park's Double Delight

STUD buyers pushed the top rams to highs of $4000 on two occasions at the Evans families 20th annual Tara Park Merino ram sale last week.

In total 68 of 86 rams sold to a wide variety of clients across NSW and Victoria for a $1376 average, with several studs pushing top end rams to good money.

The top rams were split with Patrick and Andrew Davis, Demondrille Merino stud, Harden, paying to $4000 for the first of the top sires at 17.57 micron, with a 2.96 standard deviation, 16.9 coefficient variation and near perfect comfort factor of 99.9.

Then half way through the catalogue Jack Whitechurch, Wendouree Merino stud, Bimbi via Grenfell, found his ram paying equal top of $4000 for an 18 micron ram with a2.76 SD, 14.6 CV and 100 per cent comfort factor.

Robert Harding, Glendonald Merinos, Nhill, and Paul Walton, Wurrook Merino stud, traveled up and snared an 18.72 micron Tara Park sire, with a 2.88 SD, 15.4 CV ad 99.8 CF with a spinning fineness of 17.45.

Then the return clients found their straps with MF and HL Russell, Caramut , Victoria , paying to tops of $1800 for their seven rams averaging $1329.

Stonehaven Pastoral, Penshurts, Vic, worked the top end paying up to $2800 for a 19 micron ram with a SF of 18.83 in their draft of four rams averaging $2025.

Hillsboro Pty Ltd, Yaven Creek via Adelong, secured a single ram at $3200, while Mike Todd, Lagoons Partnership, Mooralla, Vic, bought two at $2400 and $1800.

Rounding out the sale PD and UA Hinds, Dickson, ACT, put a floor in the market averaging six at $850, while the Perabo brothers, “Allambe”, Boorowa, paid to $860 for five rams.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark with guest auctioneer Tony Dowe as the auctioneer.