Poll Dorset rams for sale

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The Sam­mon fam­ily, of Bungeet, will hold its 34th an­nual Poll Dorset ram sale next month.

To be held at the Shep­par­ton Re­gional Sa­le­yards on Septem­ber 21 from 12.30 pm, the sale will of­fer 100 rams which orig­i­nated from the fam­ily’s orig­i­nal Dorset Horn stud.

‘‘We bred from our Dorset Horns,’’ stud owner Bill Sam­mon said.

‘‘The rea­son for that was the Dorset Horn has very dense wool which is good for prime lamb pro­duc­tion and they are very strong boned.

‘‘We bred from what we had and im­proved on it with length.’’

The high­light of the sale will be rams by the fam­ily’s Tat­ty­keel ram.

‘‘Some for sale will be by Tat­ty­keel ram. He was a twin him­self and we pur­chased him for $12 500, five years ago,’’ Mr Sam­mon said.

‘‘This will be a fea­ture in the sale.’’

Mr Sam­mon said when he looked to pur­chase more there were cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics he searched for.

‘‘It’s got to be struc­turally sound, the muscling ef­fect of the sheep and the length are also im­por­tant,’’ he said.

‘‘The higher the eye mus­cle area in re­la­tion to the live weight of the an­i­mal is so im­por­tant for case yield, par­tic­u­larly when sell­ing over the hooks.’’

De­spite the dry con­di­tions, Mr Sam­mon said the ram qual­ity was not sac­ri­ficed.

‘‘We were go­ing to in­crease (num­bers) be­cause of large de­mand last year but with the sea­son later they will be more in de­mand later in the year,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been a very tough year for pas­ture right across east­ern Aus­tralia but crops have been quite good here and we’re able to graze our sheep on crops.

‘‘I’m happy with the qual­ity and the con­di­tion of the rams.’’

Those who pur­chase rams at the sale will be of­fered free de­liv­ery. Chang­ing hands . . . One hun­dred Poll Dorset rams will

Stamp of qual­ity . . . Bungeet’s Bill Sam­mon and some of his Poll Dorset flock.

be up for sale.

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