Ko­jonup buyer nets top show ram

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant and Cally Dupe

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

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 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 Car­casePlus 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 un­sea­son­ably dry 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 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 Shrilee Downs ram.

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.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

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

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

With the $7200 Shrilee Downs Poll Dorset ram, Land­mark agents Roy Ad­dis and Chris Tur­ton, buy­ers Richard, Ben and Joel Hath­away, Sascha, Adrian and Chris Squires.

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