Ram sale raised $2000 for Speak Up
A ram appropriately named ‘Hydro’ has provided a $2000 boost to the Speak Up Campaign.
The proceeds from ‘Hydro’ were donated by the Deniliquin based Saber Poll Dorset Stud to Speak Up during its recent 60th anniversary sale.
The ram fetched the sale record when sold to Banyandah Pastoral of Moulamein, owned by Ian and Camilla Shippen.
Derk Meurs, who was on site to bid for the Shippens, said they were happy to support a good cause like Speak Up and at the same time acquire a quality Poll Dorset ram.
The sale was conducted by Rodwells’ auctioneer Steve Arentz and saw 144 rams penned for sale.
The crowd of about 30 was down on the previous year, however stud spokesperson Linda Fawns said this was to be expected considering the current tough conditions.
Speak Up chair Shelley Scoullar congratulated the Fawns family on the remarkable achievement of 60 years across two generations and thanked them for the generous support.
‘‘They represent exactly what Speak Up is about . . . community and family farms,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.
‘‘Our thanks also to Banyandah Pastoral for their contribution.’’
Speak Up was established by a group of passionate farmers in the Southern Riverina.
The group aims to highlight the issues impacting Southern NSW and Northern Victoria, particularly surrounding the need for water for food and fibre production. To learn more, go to www.speakup4water.com.
■ (From left) Speak Up chair Shelley Scoullar, Linda Fawns from Saber Poll Dorset Stud and Banyandah’s appointed bidder Derk Meurs.