9th Annual On-Property Ram Sale Held 17th October 2016

$5250 for Merino Ram at Grogansworth


by Stephen Burns, The Land


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.

5th Annual On-Property Ram Sale, Monday 22 October 2012 

by Jacinta Cummins, The Land.

Ram tops $4200 at Grogansworth

Victorian buyers put the pressure on prices at the Henderson family’s Grogansworth Merino ram sale at Bowning last week, but were pipped at the post for the two top-priced rams by local buyers Bill and Rhonda Daly, “Milgadara”, Young.

Mr and Mrs Daly paid $4200 and $4000 respectively for the rams. They also purchased four other rams to a top of $3200 to Average $2800. The Daly’s have been buying at Grogansworth for 15 years and Mr Daly said they are using the Grogansworth rams to establish a high quality line of medium wool Merino sheep. “The structural size of the rams, the excellent wool quality and high fertility is exactly what we’re looking for,” he said.

Fifty-two of the 67 rams on offer sold by the fall of the hammer, achieving an average of $2196.Ten other rams were sold after the auction.

In the breakdown, 34 from 42 spring-drop rams sold for an average of $2406 and 18 from 25 autumn-drop rams averaged $1800. Volume buyer was Geoff Henderson, who purchased eight rams at a top of $3400 to average $2500 on behalf of Old Bundemar Pty Ltd to run on the Binalong property “Fairview”. Peter and Jeremy Webber, “Parkview”, Young, were also volume buyers taking seven rams at a top of $3000 to average $2457.

It was Neil Gaussen’s first ram sale at Grogansworth and he went home to “Nukara” Hamilton, Victoria with five rams to $3000, av. $2080. Andrew Bodman travelled from “Woongara”, Skipton, Victoria, and bought five rams, paying $3000 for two and av. $2267 for the remaining three.

The Henderson’s were delighted with the sale results, with Kim Henderson thanking loyal customers and crediting the work of classer Ian Marwedel for producing some of the best rams Grogansworh had offered for sale. Selling agents were Elders of Yass, with Andy McGeoch on the rostrum.

4th Annual On-Property Ram Sale, Monday 17 October 2011

By Brendan Mansbridge, The Land

The bids flowed freely at the Henderson family's Grogansworth Merino ram sale at Bowning, near Yass on Monday October 17, pushing the average price up by a massive $735 on last year's result. Producers competed fiercely on the 50 rams on offer, with 44 selling at auction to a top price of $3600 and an average of $2223.

The six passed-in rams were sold immediately after the auction. Last year 32 from 50 rams sold to a top of $3200 and averaged $1488. In the breakdown, 21 from 25 autumn 2010-drop rams averaged $2286, while 23 from 25 spring 2010-drop rams averaged $2165.

The top price ram sold for $3600 and was purchased by the Daly family, Ylad and Company, "Milgadara", Young, who also purchased the top price ram at last year’s Grogansworth sale. The top ram was from a syndicate joining of rams from the stud's Henry 1 family, and carried an 18.6 micron fleece, with a standard deviation (SD) of 2.5 micron, co-efficient variation (CV) of 13.4% and a comfort factor (CF) of 99.4%, and had a bodyweight of 101kg.

Bill Daly said they selected the ram because he was a total package, with a very good fleece on a soft skin and was very correct structurally. The Daly's have been buying Grogansworth rams for around 15 years, and Mr Daly said he liked the softness and wool cutting ability of the Grogansworth sheep, and their ability to handle high rainfall areas.
The Dalys also took home two of the four rams that sold for the sale's second top price of $3000,with their draft of four averaging $2900.

The third $3000 ram was selected by Billabong Pastoral Company, "Billabong", Bowning, who were also one of the sale's volume buyers, purchasing seven rams to average $2371.

Caroline Spittle and Rosemary Mitchell, Kingslea Partnership, "Kingslea", Bookham, purchased the final $3000 ram as a part of their draft of four which averaged $2250.

The Redmond Family Trust, ""Boigu", Berremangra, purchased four rams to a top of $2800 and an average of $2650, while the Webber Family Trust, "Parkview", Young, also took home four rams to average $2350.

Woongara Pastoral Co. made the long trip from Skipton, Victoria worthwhile, securing five rams to average $1920, topping at $2400.

Eulie Pastoral Co, "Eulie", Harden, were a volume buyer, selecting seven rams to a top of $2400 and average of $1743.

Grogansworth principal Kim Henderson was very happy with the results of the sale.

"It's a great indication of the confidence in the wool industry heading forward", he said.

Elders conducted the sale, with Paul Dooley calling the bids.