Don­gadilling ram fetches $18k top

Countryman - - IGA PERTH ROYAL SHOW - Bob Gar­nant, Cally Dupe

The high­light of the All Breeds Stud Ram and Ewe Sale at last week’s IGA Perth Royal Show was an $18,000 top price.

The sale-top­per was of­fered by Don­gadilling Poll Dorset stud and sold through El­ders to re­peat buy­ing ac­count Or­rvale Graz­ing, of Ko­jonup, with Land­mark agent Troy Hornby bid­ding on be­half of the Or­rvale Poll Dorset stud.

Rep­re­sent­ing the buyer, Felic­ity Hal­lett said the ram was ear­lier in­spected on-prop­erty at the Shirlee Downs stud and it was de­cided it would be a first pick at the stud ram sale at Perth.

“We liked the bal­ance of the ram both its struc­ture and fig­ures,” she said.

Dur­ing the show’s Poll Dorset breed judg­ing, the Don­gadilling ram was sashed with the cham­pion ram rib­bon.

Judge Rod Davies said the ram was very sound, with good struc­ture and had a great sire out­look.

Sired by Don­gadilling 6813, the Poll Dorset ram had a 9.8kg wean­ing weight, an eye mus­cle depth of 1.4cm, and a car­case plus fig­ure of 191.7.

The over­all sale had a high passin rate with only 27 rams sold of the 50 of­fered with the over­all re­sult achiev­ing an av­er­age price of $4326, up $280/head on last year when 42 rams sold for an av­er­age price of $4046.

Land­mark’s Tiny Holly said the sale’s pass-in rate may have been the re­sult of the un­sea­sonal con­di­tions through­out the State.

Also sell­ing for top money, an Ive­ston White Suf­folk ram sold for $10,000 to a syn­di­cate of two studs in­clud­ing Kolin­dale White Suf­folk stud (70 per cent share) and the bal­ance to Yonga Downs stud.

Both studs were keen to se­cure the ram’s out­cross ge­net­ics.

Yonga Downs stud co-prin­ci­pal Bren­ton Ad­dis said he was im­pressed with the ram’s Lam­bPlan fig­ures which mea­sured a birth weight of 0.38, wean­ing weight of 9.9kg, fat of -0.4, eye mus­cle depth of 2.1 and a Car­casePlus of 207.

“Vis­ually the ram has thick­ness in the hind quar­ter and stands square and has good bal­anced fig­ures,” he said.

Shirlee Downs also sold a $7200 Poll Dorset ram to re­peat buy­ers, the Hath­away fam­ily, who trade as AG & DA Hath­away & Sons, of Brook­ton.

Joel Hath­away said the ram had a big, long frame and would go to work in his fam­ily’s Long­dale Poll Dorset stud.

Greg and Julie Ham­b­ley, of Noo­jee Poll Dorset stud, Mt Barker, paid $5200 for a Shirlee Downs ram.

“The ram had good mus­cle and ex­tra length in his frame, Mrs Ham­b­ley said.

WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, at Cun­derdin, paid $5400 for a Tip­per­ary Poll Dorset ram.

Cun­derdin’s farm in­struc­tor Wayne Laird said the ram was se­lected to im­prove the de­vel­op­ment of the col­lege’s Poll Dorset flock of 75 ewes, par­tic­u­larly in muscling.

“We se­lected the ram on fig­ures and ap­pear­ance,” he said.

A Pamellen Suf­folk ram sold for $4800 to ac­count North Stir­ling Downs.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $18,000 top-priced ram, of­fered by the Don­gadilling Poll Dorset stud, are Adrian, Sascha and Chris Squiers, of Don­gadilling, buyer Felic­ity Hal­lett and her chil­dren Cheyenne, Ben and Lacey, of Or­rvale Poll Dorset stud, Ko­jonuip, El­ders auc­tion­eer Don Mor­gan, and Land­mark agents Roy Ad­dis and Troy Hornby.

With the $7200 Shirlee Downs Poll Dorset ram are Land­mark agents Roy Ad­dis and Chris Tur­ton, buy­ers Richard, Ben and Joel Hath­away, of Brook­ton, Sascha, Adrian and Chris Squiers, of Shirlee Downs stud, Quairad­ing.

With the $10,000 top-priced White Suf­folk ram, of­fered by Ive­ston stud, were Land­mark agent Roy Ad­dis, syn­di­cate buyer Bren­ton Ad­dis, of Yonga Downs stud, Gnowangerup, and Ive­ston White Suf­folk stud co-prin­ci­pal Grant Bing­ham, of Wil­liams.

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