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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Lach River tops $4000

Lach River Merino and Poll Merino stud, Darby Falls, principal, Richard Chalker and son, Brad Chalker with top price ram buyer, Tom Kirk, Condobolin,who brought the ram for Ashley Currins, Currin Family Trust, Hermidale. Lach River Poll Merino and Merino stud celebrated their first annual on-property sale at Darby Falls, fetching a $4000 top price.
Nanjing Night Net

Fifty-four rams sold, from 58 lots offered, for a $1309 average.

A further 20 rams were sold after the sale, for $800 per lot.

The top price ram which reached $4000 was sold to Tom Kirk, Condobolin, for Ashley Currans, Currans Family Trust, Hermidale.

Mr Currans previously brought Lach River‘s $12,000 ram, Organiser, in partnership, at the 2016 Dubbo National Merino Sheep Show and Sale.

Sired by Towalba Calendar, the 2012 Australian Ram of the Year, it weighed 118 kilograms and carried a 20.8 micron-fleece, a 3.2-micron standard deviation (SD), a 16.5 per cent coefficient of variation (CV) and a 99.6 per cent comfort factor (CF).

Sheep classer, Tom Kirk, said Mr Currans selected the Darby Falls stud because Lach River genetics began with Towalba Merino Stud, Peak Hill, sire Towalba Calendar.

“He has previously brought his rams from Towalba, but was chasing the Towalba Calendar genetics, so he decided to come here,” Mr Kirk said.

Attracted the top price ram for its shear size, bone and doing ability, Mr Kirk said this will help achieve the breeding aims within the 6000 Merino breeding ewe flock of “filling wool bales and surplus sheep sales.”

“He is very wool focussed but it is a dual purpose operation – so he sells wethers into the prime lamb market and ewes go into the self replacing flock or are culled and sold,” he said.

The second highest price was $2800 and was sold to Lawrence Clifford, Bindaree Merino stud, Berridale, Mr Clifford also took home another quality ram for $1000.

Lach River stud, principal, Richard Chalker, said after four years of building the stud and two open days, the team decided to hold their first on-property sale.

“I am very happy about today and although building a client base is hard and will take time, it was good to see this amount of people come along,” he said.

The Lach River flock averages 7.5 kilograms for wool cut and a 19.8-micron fleece.

Mr Chalker said the top price ram has a good barrel with a lot of wool.

“He is just a good productive ram and a lot of today’s lots are his progeny and the higher priced group of rams were the top of that drop,” he said.

Sale day volume buyer, Graham Wallace, Melrose Pastoral, Cowra, snapped up 11 rams, topping $2700, for a $1518 average.

Repeat buyer of two years, Mr Wallace came looking for dense, heavy wool cutting rams to “ put a bit of starch and weight” into his sheep.

“The rams have definitely helped to put more wool on the sheep – we are at about seven kilograms and we are trying to bump it up to eight,” Mr Wallace said.

“The whole draft of rams were consistent and the line we selected really suited us down to the ground.”

Also capitalising on the quality genetics were volume buyers’ J. and M. McGann, “Spring Creek”, Cowra, who took home four rams, topping $1200, for a $1050 average.

Local stud owner John Williams, Thalabah Merino stud, Laggan, was also confident in the relatively new genetics of Lach River, taking home a top ram for $2100.

The sale was conducted by Allan Gray and Co, Cowra.

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