Brigita and John Keiller, of Cashmore Park, Don and Anne Pegler, of Oaklea, with top-priced ram buyer Eddie Sellers and daughter Kate Steele.SOUTH-west ram studs are continuing to enjoy sale prices above those of last year.
The good prices are defying concern about the present dry conditions continuing into next year with lamb prices buoying the demand.
At Cashmore Oaklea’s sale of more than 400 rams at Hamilton this month, 103elite performance maternal rams sold to a top of $6750, and an average of $2346, above last year’s average of $2182.
However the 268 performance maternal rams sold to a top of$2750 and anaverage of $1026, below last year’s $1278 average for the class.
The top priced $6750 ram was bought bythe Sellers family, Bendoc Park, Bendoc, near Cann River in Gippsland.
They bought an elite performance maternal ram from the Oaklea flock, tag 140248, which was in percentile Band 1 with a Maternal $ index of 139.3.
Its Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) for number of lambs weaned (NLW) of16 per cent, yearling NLW 23 per cent and post-weaning faecal worm egg count (PFEC) of -62 were all in the top five per centfor maternal rams.
Don Pegler of Oaklea, Mount Gambier, said the top end of the rams offered sold exceptionally well.
Twenty one of the 29 Nudie rams from the Cashmore Park stud near Portland sold to $3900, averaging $1167 and threeof 22 Coopworth rams sold to $700, averaging $633.
First time buyersMalpas River Partnership, of Walcha, near Tamworth, was the biggest volume buyer, purchasing 44 rams for an average of $1149.Other volume buyers included Lesley and Richard Gibson, Glenthompson, who bought eight elite and 35 performance rams on behalf of daughter Anna and husband Rob Mulligan.
At the Moora Hills Poll Dorset sale at Broadwater, 45 rams sold to $1300 and an average of $717, $32 higher than last year’s average.
The top price of $1300 was paid by the Yarrabeal Partnership at Hamilton for Lot 3, a 15-month-old ram with estimated breeding value of 0.32 for birth weight, 12.3 for post weaning weight, -0.8 for fat and +1.3 for eye muscle diameter, giving a Carcase Plus index of 177.8. The partnership bought four rams at the sale.
Rams sold mostly to repeat south-westclients.Volume buyers included Macarthur prime lamb producer Ricky Fleetwood who paid up to $800 for seven rams; R. and D. Luhrs from Mooralla bought four rams for up to $800; Hawker Contracting from Condah, paid up to $800 for four rams, and Barry Roycroft from Glenormiston bought three rams for an average of $600.
At Estjam Poll Dorset stud’s sale at Woolsthorpe, 38 of the 39 rams offeredsold to a top of $1300, averaging$725, $150 above last year.