Meri­nos shine at show’s auc­tion

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - Jamie-Lee Old­field and Gabrielle John­ston

MERI­NOS con­tin­ued a stel­lar sales run, hit­ting $52,000 at the Ade­laide Show.

The an­nual South Aus­tralian Stud Merino and Poll Merino of­fer­ing also in­creased its av­er­age price by nearly $3800, up to $12,806.

Moorundie Poll Meri­nos at Keith topped the sale with the sec­ond ram of­fered, a 15-month-old sire grow­ing a 20.1 mi­cron fleece with a 99.8% com­fort fac­tor.

It was bought by a Western Aus­tralia part­ner­ship of Derella Downs Pyra­mid Poll Merino Studs, Cas­cade, and Wiringa Park Merino and Poll Merino Stud, Nyabing.

Elders stud stock agent Tom Penna said the sale was “out­stand­ing”, and a re­sult of fur­ther in­crease in on-prop­erty prices this year prompt­ing stud mas­ters to rein­vest.

“This year in SA they’ve all had ex­tra gross­ing sales from in­creased av­er­ages so they are dead keen to se­cure ge­net­ics that are go­ing to sta­bilise where they are at or give them a lift, so strong de­mand from studs for top end ge­net­ics,” he said.

“The trend of them (ram sales) be­ing $300–$600 up on last year is con­tin­u­ing.”

Also held last week was the Na­tional Dor­per and White Dor­per Sale in Dubbo, NSW, where rams topped at $11,500.

Dor­per Sheep So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia chair Tim Steven­son said the qual­ity of sheep of­fered was “ex­cep­tion­ally good”, but the sea­son im­pacted prices.

“The sea­son is dic­tat­ing con­fi­dence, and at the mo­ment it’s down a bit,” he said.

“Hope­fully we’ll get some rain soon.”

A to­tal of 157 dor­pers were sold from 198 of­fered, av­er­ag­ing $2168.

The top price dor­per ram was sold by Dell Dor­pers, Moama, NSW, for $11,500 to Tanya and Brad Ed­son, Red Rock Stud, Keith, SA.

The sec­ond high­est priced dor­per ram was sold by Bully and Marisa Mal­herbe, Bul­mar Stud, NSW, for $10,500 to a part­ner­ship of Genelink Stud, Border­town, SA, and Glen Park Dor­pers, Went­worth, NSW.


GREAT FORM: South Aus­tralian Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale at the Royal Ade­laide Show.

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