Earnscleugh Station merino ram sale

At Earnscleugh Station for its commercial ram sale last week are Lake Hawea Station crew (from left) Jack Mansfield, owner Geoff Ross, David O’Sullivan and Ryan Nelson. Photos: Yvonne O'Hara
At Earnscleugh Station for its commercial ram sale last week are Lake Hawea Station crew (from left) Jack Mansfield, owner Geoff Ross, David O’Sullivan and Ryan Nelson. Photos: Yvonne O'Hara
Commercial rams wait for scrutiny during Earnscleugh Station’s sale last week.
Commercial rams wait for scrutiny during Earnscleugh Station’s sale last week.
Checking out rams during Earnscleugh’s sale last week are (from left) Anna Vaughan, of Cleardale...
Checking out rams during Earnscleugh’s sale last week are (from left) Anna Vaughan, of Cleardale Station in the Rakaia Gorge, Bruce Jolly, of Ardgour Station, and Ben Todhunter, of Cleardale Station.
Eddie Webb, of Earnscleugh Station, has attended many of its sales over the years.
Eddie Webb, of Earnscleugh Station, has attended many of its sales over the years.
Ben and Vanessa Hore, of Becks, make a selection during Earnscleugh Station’s merino ram sale...
Ben and Vanessa Hore, of Becks, make a selection during Earnscleugh Station’s merino ram sale last week.
.Looking over Earnscleugh Station’s rams during its sale last week are (from left) Ryan D’ath, of...
.Looking over Earnscleugh Station’s rams during its sale last week are (from left) Ryan D’ath, of New Zealand Merino, Cromwell, Dr Mark Ferguson, of Nextgen Agri Ltd in Christchurch, Mark Hutton, of Danseys Pass, and Andrew McNeill, of New Zealand...
Holly Campbell (6), of Earnscleugh Station, keeps a watchful eye on on the merino ram sale last...
Holly Campbell (6), of Earnscleugh Station, keeps a watchful eye on on the merino ram sale last week.
Holly (6) and Blake (8) Campbell, of Earnscleugh Station, near Alexandra, enjoy the merino ram...
Holly (6) and Blake (8) Campbell, of Earnscleugh Station, near Alexandra, enjoy the merino ram sale last week.

Flooding and heavy rain did not prevent commercial buyers from attending the second of two merino ram sales at Earnscleugh Station near Alexandra last week.

Owner Alistair Campbell said the sale was for his commercial clients and was by invitation only. Apart from the top 20 rams, which were auctioned, buyers could choose which poll merino rams they wanted to buy, Mr Campbell said.

‘‘Each buyer was allocated a number of rams based on what they bought the year before,’’ he said.

The highest price was $4100 and the ram, a Smartsheep, carrying a GDF9 fertility gene, was sold to Charles Douglas-Clifford, of the Stonyhurst partnership in Canterbury.

The average price was $1200 and 170 rams were sold

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