Who you looking at?

Photo: Alexia Johnston
Photo: Alexia Johnston
Farmer Tony Clarke (obscured at rear), of Closeburn Station, examines a fleece while two rams wait to be auctioned during the Armidale Merino Stud's first on farm sale near Gimmerburn on Friday.

Armidale co-owner Simon Paterson said they were pleased with the results. He said about 150 people attended. The Paterson family offered 30 merino and poll merino rams, 40 quarter-bred (merino/romney) and 60 half-breds. He said the sale went well and they were pleased with the prices received.

''The top price was $4700, and went to Helen and Peter Heddell, of Swannanoa,'' Mr Paterson said.

The average merino price was $2170, while the average price for the half-breds was $906 and the quarter-bred ram average price was $997. He said it was the first time they had held an on-farm sale rather than selling privately.

''It gives everyone a crack at the top 30 or so rams.''

He said while they were pleased with the averages and the top price, there was a ''strong edge'' for the half-breds as there was more of a preference for merinos.

Add a Comment