Happy with ram sale re­sults

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS - By Alana Chris­tensen

A to­tal of 22 rams were sold at Hy­nam Poll Dorset Stud’s in­au­gu­ral on-farm sale, with an av­er­age price of $1204.

Rams went to mainly lo­cal buy­ers, with Seymour-based Bas­sett Ru­ral the largest vol­ume buyer on the day, pur­chas­ing nine rams with a top price of $1300.

Euroa, Pine Lodge, Long­wood and Ser­pen­tine were also rep­re­sented in the bid­ding, with rams also sold to Great Western and Dun­don­nel studs.

The sale’s top-priced ram went for $2200, bought by Mel­ton­based North Monea Farms.

Stud owner Kevin Hy­nam said he was largely pleased with the re­sult of the sale, which saw 50 rams put up for auc­tion.

‘‘There’s been a bit of ac­tion and we’re happy with the at­ten­dance,’’ he said.

‘‘We pre­sented about 40 that have been solely in the pad­dock . . . we’re fairly pleased with the re­sults and what we’ve pre­sented.’’

Hav­ing moved from the Mallee to Long­wood two years ago, Mr Hy­nam said the rams had ad­justed well to the wet­ter cli­mate, but he con­tin­ued to look for ways to fine tune the flock, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing sta­ple length.

‘‘We’re happy with the re­sults,’’ he said.

The sale gave bid­ders a look at the Helms­man sys­tem, with re­serves for all rams set at $1000, be­fore 20 min­utes of bid­ding opened up, al­low­ing in­ter­ested par­ties to peruse the lots and place bids in $100 in­cre­ments.

Fol­low­ing the first round of bid­ding, the sale con­tin­ued in twominute al­lot­ments be­fore there were no more bids.

Sug­gested by auc­tion­eer and El­ders north-east district wool man­ager Rex Ben­nett, Mr Hy­nam said it en­sured there was plenty of time for bid­ders.

‘‘It just gives them that time to read­just and re­think,’’ he said.

Long­wood’s Tom Brodie and Peter Bjork­sten of Euroa watched the sale ac­tion closely.

En­cour­ag­ing num­bers . . . stud’s first on-farm sale. It was a good turnout for the

Tak­ing a look . . .

Busy bid­der . . . Bas­sett Ru­ral’s Lisa Bas­sett was a vol­ume buyer on the day, pur­chas­ing nine rams. She is pic­tured with stud owner Kevin Hy­nam (right), El­ders north-east district wool man­ager and auc­tion­eer Rex Ben­nett and Vic­to­ria and Olivia Hy­nam.

Pleased . . . Stud own­ers Tracy (left) and Kevin Hy­nam, with their daugh­ters Vic­to­ria, 16, and Olivia, 19, were pleased with the in­au­gu­ral sale’s re­sults.

On the job ... El­ders north-east district wool man­ager and auc­tion­eer Rex Ben­nett con­ducts the sale at the Long­wood prop­erty.

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