Sun shines on record show crowd
contrast to the “wet and dismal” show day last year.
”This year, the weather really did turn on a treat for us,” Mr Jessop said.
“As a consequence, we think we’ve well exceeded our last record show three years ago, which was close to 14,000. Our initial estimate . . . we reckon probably just under 15,100 people attended the show.”
Mr Jessop said the highlights included farm machinery, crafts, music and showjumping.
In the woodchopping arena, the line-up was top class. Junior competitor Blake Lovell won the John Phillips Memorial competition while Kody Steers took home the 300mm hard-hitting state championship. RECORD wool prices have boosted Merino demand at the first ram sales of the season.
Last Friday spirited bidding from local and interstate buyers at the McShane family’s Stockman stud sale took Poll Merino rams to a top of $6600.
The sale average was $1843, an increase of almost $400 compared with last year’s sale.
The top priced ram was purchased by G & G Edgell from Denniston at Bothwell.
Second-top price was $5100 paid by Campbell Gunn & Son from Tea Tree.
Windfall Past at Campbell Town bought a ram for $4250 while Greenwich Pastoral at Hamilton paid $4200.
One of the biggest volume purchasers was new customer Keeyuga Pastoral from Victoria, which bought seven rams to a top of $3300.
Bidding was also good att the combined Penrise, Punchgrove and Lochdale sales. The White Suffolk rams sold well with an almost complete clearance of 58 out of 60 offered.
The top price of $2600 was achieved twice and the average was $864.