Sun shines on record show crowd

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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