In-de­mand Ul­traWhites to $4900

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

East­ern States and lo­cal buy­ers flocked in num­bers to the Hill­croft Farms Ul­traWhite ram sale and the in­creased de­mand pushed prices up to a top price of $4900, with all 180 rams sold to stud record av­er­age price of $2684/head.

The cross-bred rams on of­fer, con­sist­ing of both Dor­per and Poll Dorset ge­net­ics, are unique to Hill­croft breed­ing, and mar­keted as easy-care shed­ders (wool-free).

The rel­a­tively new Ul­traWhite ge­netic pack­age is catch­ing on across Aus­tralia, with sev­eral new buy­ers show­ing up at the Bradford fam­ily’s an­nual sale last week at Popa­nyin­ning.

Glen Park White Dor­per stud prin­ci­pal Bren­don Dun­can, of Went­worth, NSW, who has al­ready had suc­cess with the Ul­traWhite in­fu­sion, was the first to in­vest in this year’s pro­gres­sively heav­ier ram line-up, mak­ing his phone bids through Land­mark agent Roy Ad­dis on lot 1 which he bought for the $4900 top-price.

Mr Dun­can is us­ing the Ul­traWhite in­fu­sion into his flock to add more size which ap­peals to his pas­toral ram-buy­ing clients.

Mr Ad­dis said Mr Dun­can selected the ram for its vis­ual ap­peal and bal­anced Lam­bPlan fig­ures of BWT 0.134, WWT 8.408, PWWT 13.014, PFAT -0.573, PEMD 0.804, Car­case+ 176.62 and 20:20 In­dex 110.32.

Mr Dun­can also bought rams for $4500, $3100, $2400 and $1800.

The un­der bid­ders on the sale top­per were first-time vis­i­tors Jack and Dione Carter, of Nyn­gan, NSW, who had a big im­pact on the sale, se­cur­ing a to­tal of 19 rams to a top of $3000 twice and av­er­age price of $2500.

“We are keen to see how the Ul­traWhite in­fu­sion works in our pure White Dor­per flock with po­ten­tial for im­proved growth as a re­sult of the hy­brid vigour and Lam­bPlan fig­ures show­ing high growth rates on the Hill­croft Farms rams,” Mr Carter said.

Hill­croft Farms studmas­ter Daw­son Bradford Sr of­fered an ex­tra 20 rams this year in prepa­ra­tion of the in­flux of new buy­ers.

“Al­though we are a ways off of where we want to go with the Ul­traWhite, our stud flock is im­prov­ing ev­ery year,” he said.

The sup­port for Mr Bradford’s chal­lenge to im­prove the po­ten­tial for the prime lamb in­dus­try was ev­i­dent in the buyer registry of 60 bid­ding ac­counts.

South Aus­tralia farm­ing part­ners San Jolly and Ann Wallace, of Ka­punda, se­cured their first pick of the ram line-up from lot 15 pay­ing $4200.

“We thought it was the bet­ter ram in the cat­a­logue,” Ms Jolly said.

Re­peat buyer Jamie Broun, of Bev­erly, paid $3400 for his struc­turally cor­rect top pick out of lot 2.

An­ton O’Kane, of NSW, bought his first four Ul­taWhite rams to a top of $3300 and av­er­age price of $2875.

“I will put the rams over a flock of 400 White Dor­per ewes to gain big­ger lambs,” he said.

Also from SA, first-time buy­ers Barry Wool­ford, his son Nathan and grand­son Ned, bought 17 rams to a top of $3100 and av­er­age $2388.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $4900 top-priced Ul­traWhite ram are Hill­croft Farms stud co-prin­ci­pal Daw­son Bradford Jr and Land­mark’s Roy Ad­dis, who se­cured the ram on be­half of NSW’s Bren­don Dun­can.

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