Ul­traWhite rams hit $6600

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

Ul­traWhite rams reached a record top price of $6600, paid by a first­time buyer, at the an­nual Hill­croft Farms sale last week at Popa­nyin­ning.

With con­fi­dence in the sheep meat in­dus­try, stud co-prin­ci­pal Daw­son Brad­ford wel­comed 44 reg­is­tered bid­ders, say­ing he was still learn­ing how to put the Ul­traWhite com­pos­ite sheep to­gether.

“The stud is based on the best ge­net­ics from our past Poll Dorset stud and the best Dor­per ge­net­ics that were avail­able,” he said.

“Our aim is to pro­duce a non­s­hear­ing, highly fer­tile, easy-care, low-main­te­nance sheep that is hardy and will per­form well un­der a wide range of con­di­tions.”

The Brad­ford’s 39th an­nual sale, con­ducted by Land­mark, rep­re­sented its sixth year of of­fer­ing Ul­traWhite rams, which have been at­tract­ing in­ter­est across Aus­tralia.

But this year, with drought con­di­tions af­fect­ing sev­eral past Ul­traWhite buy­ers from the Eastern States, there was a cer­tain neg­a­tive ef­fect on the sale.

Over­all, of the 189 rams of­fered, 151 sold for an av­er­age price of $2165, down $519/head com­pared to last year, when 180 rams sold for an av­er­age of $2684.

Non­ning Pas­toral White Dor­per stud prin­ci­pal An­gus McTag­gart, of Nari, South Aus­tralia, paid his first visit to the sale, se­cur­ing the sale-top­per to use over stud ewes.

“I heard about the Ul­traWhite com­pos­ite from other breed­ers and de­cided to trial a ram over stud ewes and by ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion to pro­duce com­mer­cial flock rams,” he said.

“I run a large flock pro­duc­ing 20,000 cross­bred lambs an­nu­ally.”

Mr McTag­gart’s first pick was from lot two, which recorded a 6.4 WWT, 10.5 PWWT, 1.4 PFAT, 2.1 EMD and a Car­case+ in­dex of 170.34.

“I se­lected the ram on its vis­ual shed­ding and good set of bal­anced fig­ures,” he said.

The un­der-bid­der on the ram was an­other first-time reg­is­tered buyer, Tommy Cairns, of Carins Fam­ily Trust in Toodyay.

Mr Carins set­tled for a ram off the top-line for $4500, and later se­cured an­other ram for $2600.

“My in­ten­tions are to con­vert my Dor­per flock over to all Ul­traWhites by se­lect­ing first-cross re­place­ment ewes,” he said. “We run a small 150 ewe flock and sell lambs at Muchea.”

Land­mark agent Roy Ad­dis se­cured the $5500 sec­ond top­priced ram on be­half of ac­count Brad and Tanya Ed­son, of South Aus­tralia.

Ac­count LT and MB Frame se­cured a ram for $5400, while last year’s top-priced buyer, Glen-Esk Pas­toral Co, of New South Wales, paid $5000 for lot one.

Ko­jonup ac­count Greengables se­cured four rams to a top of $4200 and av­er­age price of $3950.

Reg­u­lar buyer Lind­say Wil­liams, of Northamp­ton, se­cured three rams to a top of $3900 and av­er­age price of $3000.

“I was se­lect­ing for good clean­skin rams with good growth,” he said.

Hamish Thorn, of Ko­jonup, se­cured five rams to a top of $3500 and av­er­age price of $2880.

Land­mark agent Ash­ley Lock was bid­ding on be­half of Auc­tions Plus, se­cur­ing a to­tal of 16 rams for an av­er­age price of $1488.

“They were all Eastern States buy­ers,” he said.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $6600 top-priced Hill­croft Farms Ul­traWhite ram are Land­mark agent Roy Ad­dis, buyer An­gus McTag­gart, of Non­ning Pas­toral White Dor­per stud, Nari, South Aus­tralia, and Hill­croft Farms co-prin­ci­pal Daw­son Brad­ford.

Lind­say Wil­liams, of Northamp­ton, and his nephew Fletcher Wil­liams bought Ul­traWhite rams at the sale.

Jamie Broun, of Bev­er­ley, and Hamish Thorn, of Ko­jonup.

First-time buyer Tommy Cairns, of Cairns Fam­ily Trust, Toodyay — with farm over­seer Tim Walker — also bid on the top-priced ram.

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