Ram sale raised $2000 for Speak Up

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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.

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