Bella Lana Ram Sale Report by The Wellington and District Leader

Clients chasing ASBVs

Two rams selling at $10 000 each to the one buyer set the pace from the first lot at the 13th annual Bella Lana Poll Merino stud sale of the Brien family at Dripstone near Wellington, September 22.

Each year the average price rises and buyers keep returning to buy many saying they like the depth of the Bella Lana sheep and their heavier-cutting wool traits.

The sale cleared all 141 rams at auction to an average of $3132, an increase on last year of $640 while last year the average increased by $556 on 2019.

Buyers registrations on the day tallied 38 while AuctionsPlus purchased 19 rams for buyers online, many from Victoria.

returning to their fourth sale, the Cosgrove family, West Charlton, Rockley, paid $10 000 each for two rams, the top money of the sale.

Robyn Cosgrove said the family run some 7000 breeding ewes of merino and crossbreds ewes, plus 700 cattle in a crossbreeding enterprise on several properties.

The merinos are cutting some six kilograms of an average 18.5 micron wool and will join the two new sale-toppers to Bella Lana-blood ewes of two to three generations.

“We do breed our own rams and these two will head that program in our self-replacing management programs where we are replacing upwards of 20 rams a year.” Ms Cosgrove said.

John Settree, Dubbo, Bella Lana principals Anna, Scott and Hannah Brien; Robyn Cosgrove and Brad Wilson, Nutrien Stud Stock, Dubbo.

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