RECORD BREAKING BUY: Lot 4, top-price ram purchased by RA Allen & Co for $7400. Pictured L-R: Anthony Bray, Bray Livestock, Minlaton, with top buyers Micky and Nathan Allen, Warooka, with Joe Murdoch, North Cowie Merino and Poll Merino Studs.

North Cowie Merino and Poll Merino Studs break top price record again for the second year. Their 34th on-property ram sale saw strong, consistent bidding reflecting on their impressive line-up of sale stock.

128 of 154 rams were sold, topping at $7400 with a new on-property record for North Cowie with a total average of $1815.

33 Merinos sold out of 34 averaging $1266.67. 27 Poll Merinos sold from an offering of 30 with an average of $2263.64 in the main auction.

Bidding activity was strong for the first three lots of the sale averaging $3866. Bids then soared to $7400 for lot 4 topping the sale. Lot 5 sold for $4800 to return buyer, Castle Hill, Curramulka, claiming second top buy for the day.

28 buyers at the sale, mainly repeat loyal clients registered for the sale, with 25 going home successful.

Regular buyer PEN ERRINGTON, Warooka, purchased 6 rams for an average of $2233. PW & SJ GUTSCHE, Yorketown, another regular buyer, purchased 4 rams, $1825 av.

North Cowie welcomed back regular volume buyers who operated strongly throughout the mini auction selling 67 of 90 rams offered.

Local cereal and sheep producers, Micky and Di Allen, Warooka, purchased the $7400 top-price ram – a $1400 increase on last year’s sale top priced ram, breaking North Cowie’s stud record again for the second year in a row.

Lot 4 is a 117 kilo Poll Merino ram, a son of NC 150405 with an 18.4-micron fleece, 2.7 standard deviation, 14.6 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.

“Lot 4 ticked all the boxes that I wanted to add to my flock. Long body, big barrel and depth with excellent constitution and stylish wool,” said Micky Allen, top buyer.

Micky also suggested while bidding on lot 4 the thought of winning the meat tray, by being top buyer of the day, was an added bonus as well as the impressive ram. New local business, Warooka Country Meats, supplied the impressive meat tray package.

Elders and Nutrien Ag Solutions conducted the day.

“There were a few big impressions this year with the uptick of wool quality and the back end of the rams being outstanding,” said Leo Redden, Nutrien Ag Solutions Auctioneer.

A swag of the AI N 610 sons offered in this year’s North Cowie sale were outstanding with talk of the day claiming some could rival Kim Kardashian’s famous behind.

North Cowie Stud Master, Joe Murdoch, said the sale went really well with solid, consistent bidding throughout the day.

“The top end of the shed sold super well with strong demand. 60 out of 64 main auction rams sold this year which was a really great result considering how uncertain the season has been in some areas. We also welcomed a few new buyers this year,” he said.

The Murdoch’s were thrilled with their 2020 sale results given the uncertain times and a busy few months leading up to the sale with the very recent arrival of Joe and Lucy Murdoch’s son, Harry Thomas Murdoch.

“We’re very excited for North Cowie’s next generation and the future of the Australian Stud Industry. It’s been a big year for our family so far. We are so grateful for our friends for their ongoing support as well as our regular clients, new buyers and our local community,” said Joe Murdoch.

The Murdoch family run Merinos and Poll Merinos on their Yorke Peninsula property. Their North Cowie Merino and Poll Merino Stud has been in the Murdoch family since the 1920s and they continue to go from strength to strength at their annual Ram Sales.

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