Strong averages shape good sale season
A SOLID market for prime lambs has led to keen demand for most breeds in ram sales.
At the Sunnybanks and Faraday Park sale an offering of top-quality rams saw 22 out of the 30 Poll Dorsets sold for an average of $854. Top price of $1200 was paid by D & K Ford from Cressy, who bought 12 rams for an average of $875.
Ten White Suffolks sold averaging $880. The top price of $1300 was paid by R&R Davey from Cressy who bought four rams averaging $1000.
All eight Charollais rams on offer sold averaging $900. The top-priced ram sold for $1100 to T & K Badcock from North Motton. D & K Ford bought three averaging $900.
Last week saw the first onproperty sale at the Kirkdale Southdown stud with 27 of 28 rams selling to average $976. The top price of $2000 was paid by K & S Baker at Penna.
Six Southdown-Charollais crosses sold for an average of $1066. Two reached a top of $1300 and both went to Connorville. Five Romneys sold averaging $650 and topping at $1500, which was paid by M Pook at Lucaston.
At the Valma Poll Dorset sale hot demand saw 126 of 128 rams sold, averaging $1044. Top price of $1600 was paid by Esk Farm which bought three rams at an average of $1366.
Tasmania Feedlot was a big volume buyer, taking home 18 at an average of $1050, while Connorville bought 11 averaging $1127. Bowood Pastoral bought 24 averaging $937 and Michael Hall Livestock NSW 13 averaging $1091.
After 26 years, Spring Valley White Suffolks owner Sally Keen held her final sale where 58 rams were sold averaging $991. The top price of $2000 was paid by Weymouth Farm which bought three for an average of $1566. Parsons Bloomfield took home 10 rams averaging $850.
All 10 Charollais-White Suffolks sold to average $880. Two reached $1000 and were bought by Summerhill Farms. in