Merinos shine at show’s auction
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.