Prices down at ram sales

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Dry con­di­tions were the rea­son for a lack of buy­ers at Tatura stud Yen­trac’s sev­enth an­nual ram sale.

About 15 reg­is­tered buy­ers pur­chased 43 of the 114 rams up for sale, with a top price of $2850 recorded at the Au­gust 26 event. The sale was a mix of White Suf­folks, Poll Dorsets and South­downs.

The 43 that sold av­er­aged $1085 and stud owner Rob Mc­Cart­ney con­firmed the dry con­di­tions were a con­cern go­ing in.

‘‘We were hope­ful but it (the weather) was a con­cern go­ing in with the way the weather is and the cli­matic con­di­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘The sale started off re­ally well but we just ran out of buy­ers.

‘‘More peo­ple are sell­ing ewes than buy­ing ewes at the mo­ment.’’

After re­cently be­ing awarded the Broughton tro­phy for the Per­for­mance Ram at the Aus­tralasian Dorset Cham­pi­onships, Mr Mc­Cart­ney said it was back to day-to-day farm­ing life for the rest of the year.

‘‘Our show­ing is over for the year. We are now into fod­der con­ser­va­tion, cut­ting hay and nor­mal farm du­ties.’’ NAB Agribusi­ness agri­cul­tural an­a­lyst Chloe Cartwright and agribusi­ness man­ager Laura Butt at­tended the sale.

Look­ing great . . . Yen­trac stud owner Rob Mc­Cart­ney with one of the rams for sale.

Ex­chang­ing notes . . .

Go­ing, not so good . . . auc­tioned. More than 100 rams were

High hopes . . . Rod­wells Mans­field man­ager Jamie Beck­ingsale and sheep and cat­tle farmer Vaughan Sem­ler, from Main­dample.

Big po­ten­tial . . . Beef and fat lamb farm­ers Leigh and John Drys­dale, from Yarck.

Close en­counter . . . Lewis O’Dwyer, 12, from Kialla West, with one of the rams.

Dry spell . . . Mr Mc­Cart­ney said dry con­di­tions con­trib­uted to the low clear­ance rate.

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