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$5250 for Merino Ram at Grogansworth


Story Courtesy, THE LAND NEWSPAPER

by Stephen Burns, The Land.

George Henderson, Grogansworth, with auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth and top-price ram buyer, George Haylock, Cooma.

George Henderson, Grogansworth, with auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth and top-price ram buyer, George Haylock, Cooma.

With a one hundred percent clearance for 90 Merino rams offered at their 9th annual on-property sale  on account Grogansworth Merinos, Bowning, the Henderson family were very excited to realise a sale top of $5250 with overall average price of $1717.Speaking after the sale, co-studmaster George Henderson said it “was a great sale with many repeat buyers as well as new purchasers.”

“I am very happy with the presentation of our sheep and proves our focus on wool and sheep for this environment,” Mr Henderson said.

“The prices reflect confidence in the Merino industry, and shows the Grogansworth genetics focusing on heavy cutting fine/medium wool sheep with good carcase is meeting the demand.”

First time buyer, George Haylock, Old Springfield Partnership, Cooma, paid top price of $5250 for his selection bred in the Graham family, descended from a $4000 purchase from One Oak No 2, in 2003.

With a mean micron 17.8, and comfort factor 99.3 percent, the ram also appealed to Mr Haylock for being upstanding and growing a long stapled fleece on a big body.

“I want to maintain our frame and carcase and increase the wool cut,” he said.

“He is an attractive ram and his figures match his great outlook.”

Mr Haylock purchased a further two rams and paid $3083 average price for his draft of three.

Kicking the sale off, Peter Keary, Crookwell, paid $4500 for the first lot offered: a son of H566 bred in the Henry 1 family, with mean micron 15.9 and comfort factor 99.6 percent.

A Grogansworth client for over 30 years, Caroline Spittle with her daughter Rosie Mitchell, Kingslea Partnership, Bookham, continued their association with the purchase of seven rams to top $3750 and average price $2357.

The Kingslea-bred sheep regularly lead the Bookham Merino Ewe competition, and in the current ANFD Schute Bell wether trial conducted at Borenore, their team of 2015 drop wethers are placed second in the 12 month shearing section with gross fleece value $70.73.

Respected Sydney-based sheep classer Ian Marwedel, assisted with their selections, and he also put a significant draft of 29 rams at average price $1000 for Gunnong Pastoral Co Pty Ltd, Coolac.

Another repeat client, Victorian woolgrower Andrew Bodman, from Skipton paid to $3500 in his draft of six sires which averaged $2583, while Bill Daly, Ylad and Co, Young, returned to Grogansworth and added to his sire battery with four rams for average $2983.

Returning to Grogansworth, the Schliebs family, Temora, purchased three rams for average price $1750, while William Swan, Murrumbateman, paid $4000 for the first choice in his draft of four rams which averaged $2938.

Mr Swan’s $4000 ram was bred in the Tom family, descended from the $15,000 purchase from One Oak No 2 in 2012, and a Merino Select trait leader for clean fleece weight 22.9.

Other noted sales included four at average $1563 by East Guyong Partnership, Millthorpe, four at $1500 average price by Richard Julian, Bookham and four for $1375 average by Merindah Pastoral Co, Goodhope.

The auction was conducted by Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, Goulburn, and auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth controlled the sale with his gavel.With a one hundred percent clearance for 90 Merino rams offered at their 9th annual on-property sale  on account Grogansworth Merinos, Bowning, the Henderson family were very excited to realise a sale top of $5250 with overall average price of $1717.

Speaking after the sale, co-studmaster George Henderson said it “was a great sale with many repeat buyers as well as new purchasers.”

“I am very happy with the presentation of our sheep and proves our focus on wool and sheep for this environment,” Mr Henderson said.

“The prices reflect confidence in the Merino industry, and shows the Grogansworth genetics focusing on heavy cutting fine/medium wool sheep with good carcase is meeting the demand.”

First time buyer, George Haylock, Old Springfield Partnership, Cooma, paid top price of $5250 for his selection bred in the Graham family, descended from a $4000 purchase from One Oak No 2, in 2003.

With a mean micron 17.8, and comfort factor 99.3 percent, the ram also appealed to Mr Haylock for being upstanding and growing a long stapled fleece on a big body.

“I want to maintain our frame and carcase and increase the wool cut,” he said.

“He is an attractive ram and his figures match his great outlook.”

Mr Haylock purchased a further two rams and paid $3083 average price for his draft of three.

Kicking the sale off, Peter Keary, Crookwell, paid $4500 for the first lot offered: a son of H566 bred in the Henry 1 family, with mean micron 15.9 and comfort factor 99.6 percent.

A Grogansworth client for over 30 years, Caroline Spittle with her daughter Rosie Mitchell, Kingslea Partnership, Bookham, continued their association with the purchase of seven rams to top $3750 and average price $2357.

The Kingslea-bred sheep regularly lead the Bookham Merino Ewe competition, and in the current ANFD Schute Bell wether trial conducted at Borenore, their team of 2015 drop wethers are placed second in the 12 month shearing section with gross fleece value $70.73.

Respected Sydney-based sheep classer Ian Marwedel, assisted with their selections, and he also put a significant draft of 29 rams at average price $1000 for Gunnong Pastoral Co Pty Ltd, Coolac.

Another repeat client, Victorian woolgrower Andrew Bodman, from Skipton paid to $3500 in his draft of six sires which averaged $2583, while Bill Daly, Ylad and Co, Young, returned to Grogansworth and added to his sire battery with four rams for average $2983.

Returning to Grogansworth, the Schliebs family, Temora, purchased three rams for average price $1750, while William Swan, Murrumbateman, paid $4000 for the first choice in his draft of four rams which averaged $2938.

Mr Swan’s $4000 ram was bred in the Tom family, descended from the $15,000 purchase from One Oak No 2 in 2012, and a Merino Select trait leader for clean fleece weight 22.9.

Other noted sales included four at average $1563 by East Guyong Partnership, Millthorpe, four at $1500 average price by Richard Julian, Bookham and four for $1375 average by Merindah Pastoral Co, Goodhope.

The auction was conducted by Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, Goulburn, and auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth controlled the sale with his gavel.

Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo 2016

Grogansworth Merinos received the prize for Most Valuable Commercial Fleece in the 17.6 – 18.5 micron class. The fleece was off a grass fed stud ewe and weighed 9.8kg, 18.4m, 99.6CF, valued at $116.14. This is the largest fully measured fleece competition in the world with 481 entries this year and the second such award for Grogansworth in two years.

Entire Clip Av $2,001/Bale

This year’s clip was sold in late June, early July and achieved outstanding results. The average bale weight was 190kg and average price per bale $2001. This was for the entire clip including the oddments. The highlight was the top line of AUSFINE AAAAA selling for 1227c/kg greasy at 18.2 micron. This was 1585c/kg clean and 80c above the 18 micron indicator on the day. See Wool Tests for more information.

Yass Show 2016

We had a successful day at the Yass Show coming away with the Supreme Exhibit with an August shorn, 2 tooth, fine wool ewe. Grogansworth also took out the Junior Champion ram and Reserve, and the Champion March shorn ram and Reserve.

Bookham Ewe Competition 2016

Grogansworth client of 30 years, Kingslea Partnership, was the winner of the Bookham Ewe Competition in February 2016.

Grogansworth Merino Stud congratulates mother and daughter Caroline Spittle and Rosemary Mitchell on their consistent success.

Both judges complimented Kingslea Partnership on the presentation, condition score and management of these ewes. They added:

Rick Baldwin said, “The doing ability of the ewes is outstanding, as is their capacity, which has so much to do with fertility. They are very well grown and look outstanding, a fantastic line of ewes.”

Matthew Coddington said, “My first impression is this is a really productive and profitable mob of sheep; this is what I’ve been talking about this morning; it can be done.”

“This is the type of sheep which, if you put in the genetics, and the management, you can breed very profitable sheep that are very competitive and are way ahead of a cross-bred lamb enterprise because you are getting body weight, carcase yield and a lot of wool. It’s the wool that’s going to jump the Merino enterprise $30 - $40 per head in front of any cross-bred lamb enterprise.
This is the potential of this flock, with this sort of capacity and productivity.”

Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo 2015



Grogansworth Merinos wins Most Valuable Commercial Fleece fine/medium class. The fleece weighed 10.8 kg, 19.7 m, 99.7% CF and was valued at $97.65.









Highest Value Fleece Royal Canberra Show 2015



At the Royal Canberra Show in February the Champion Commercial Value fleece was exhibited by Grogansworth Merinos. The paddock grown fleece was from a 3 year old stud ewe, tested 20.5 microns and weighed a massive 10.5kg skirted. It was valued at $89.36. 









Champion Sheep at Yass Show 2015



Grogansworth Merinos exhibited the Champion Unhoused Ewe at the Yass Show on 14th March. Judge Keith McGrath of Billa Burra Burra Stud Yass commented on the great length and depth of body of the ewe and excellent crimp definition of wool. Grogansworth was also awarded broad ribbons for the Champion Unhoused Pair of Ewe Lambs and Reserve Champion Pair of Unhoused Ram Lambs.







Bookham Ewe Competition 2015


Grogansworth Merinos congratulates clients Caroline Spittle and her daughter, Rosie Mitchell, principals of Kingslea Partnership, on placing 3rd in the Bookham Ewe Competition on 17th February. 

The judges, Rick Power, Boorowa, NSW and Frank Kaveney, Yass, NSW commented on the immense weight for age and wool-cutting potential of the ewes.

The Kingslea flock has placed in the top three each year since first entering in 2008, with wins in 2009 and 2014. This shows excellent consistency. The flock has been on Grogansworth blood for over 30 years.







CFA Ewes Command $144 per Head


In early February 2015 Grogansworth Merinos sold 450 4 - 6 year old ewes for $144 per head. These ewes were depastured to Poll Dorset rams, had 6 months wool and averaged 65kg liveweight. The ewes were offered in two lots, with half going to a local Yass buyer and half going to a repeat buyer at Cootamundra. This is the third lot of ewes the Cootamundra buyer has purchased from us in 12 months.






Surplus Young Ewes Sold for $125 November 2014


At the end of spring, as it looked as though we could be facing a dry summer, the classed out 14 – 15 month old ewes were sold on Auctions Plus for $125 per head. These young ewes were ready to join and averaged 50kg liveweight, showing excellent growth and maturity for the Southern Tablelands. Half the mob went to Adaminaby and half to a repeat buyer from Cootamundra.



One Oak Merino Stud Dispersal


Kim, Rocky and George Henderson attended the One Oak Merino Stud dispersal sale with classer Ian Marwedel in October 2014. The sale attracted a crowd in the hundreds with buyers from across Australia. Grogansworth Merinos secured a pen of 10 2 1/2 year old ewes for $800/head. These highly sought after ewes were selected for their heavy cutting fine/medium wool type with great staple length. The ewes were shorn at Grogansworth and cut 8kg/head at an average of 18.6 micron. Grogansworth Merinos has used 90% One Oak No. 2 genetics for the last 18 years and these ewes are a great addition to the stud.