Paul Walton (centre), Wurrook Merino stud, travelled from Hamilton, Victoria, to snare the top priced sire
for Robert Harding of Glendonald Merino stud, Nhill.
Also pictured are Guy Evans, Tara Park, Boorowa, and Rick Power, Landmark Boorowa..


Report By Kristen Frost Sept. 29, 2015

Southern Weekly
Tara park sells to $7600

Tara Park Sale - September 2015

27th On Property Ram Sale
Summary of The Land report.

BUYERS from across NSW and Victoria bid enthusiastically to clear 96 of the 100 rams offered at the 27th Tara Park Merino stud sale, Boorowa, on Monday to an average of $2143, up $500 on last year. 

Stud buyers pushed the top money to $7600 for an 87 kilogram ram.

Purchased by Robert Harding, Glendonald Merino stud, Nhill, Vic, the ram had fleece measurements of 19.1-micron, 3.1-micron standard deviation (SD), 16.2 per cent coefficient of variation (CV) and 99.8pc comfort factor (CF).

Securing the winning bid on behalf of Glendonald stud was Paul Walton, Wurrook Merino stud, Hamilton Vic.

“The ram has good stud wool on him,” Mr Walton said.

“He is good doing, with a lot of nourishment, volume and good staple.”

Mr Harding will have possession of the ram while Mr Walton will have semen shares. 

The second highest price ram went for $7200 to return clients Greg Simpson, “Winjallock”, St Arnaud, Vic, who also took home another ram for $3400.

The 83-kilogram ram had a fleece test of 16.9-micron, 2.7-micron SD, 16 CV and 99.9pc CF. 

Another Victorian buyer and long term client of 20 years, Darren Rentsch, Stonehaven Pastoral Company, Penshurst, purchased four rams to a top of $3000 and average $2425.

Mr Rentsch has continued to come back to Tara Park because they are good sheep, suitable to his livestock operation. 

He runs 2500 Merino ewes as well as 1000 crossbred ewes and 220 head of Angus cattle. 

He said the recent purchase of rams would be put over his maiden Merino ewes. 

“Tara Park rams have always produced an excellent wool cut for us and are a good, big framed sheep,” he said.

“Through the years they may have gone with the industry trend and moved finer, but we definitely had no loss in our wool cut. 

“They also handle the wet conditions well.” 

Return client Sinclair Stratton, Ulah Station, Four Mile Creek via Orange, took away six rams averaging $2333 and a top of $6600. 

Mr Stratton’s top-priced ram was a replacement sire that stud principal, Guy Evans, was originally contemplated keeping for his own stud use. 

Another return client, the Mattiske family, “Sunnydale”, Forbes, purchased five rams to a top of $1300 and $1160 average, and P.C. McGrath and Sons, “Clearview”, Boorowa, took away five to average $1840. 

Rounding out the sale was Derneveagh Pastoral Company, Harden, who put a floor in the market averaging seven at $1372, while W.E. Lawrence, Bowning, paid to $3500 twice for five rams.

Tara Park principal Guy Evans said it was a pleasing result and was happy with how the rams presented. 

“They were a good, even line up of rams,” he said. 

“It’s always pleasing to see a good roll up of loyal return clients as well as a few new faces.”

He said the top-priced ram was a well-balanced sheep.

“He has good length of body and beautiful, rich, heavy wool,” he said.

“More people are putting focus on wool cut and these sheep are doing that.”

The sale was conducted by Landmark and Elders with Rick Power, Landmark Boorowa, sharing the rostrum with Steve Ridley, Elders Goulburn.