State’s spring ram sales off to strong start
HIGH prices for lamb and wool saw Tasmania’s ram-sale season start off strongly last week.
The Badcock family’s Fairbank stud was the first of the spring sales and showed the level of underlying confidence in the prime-lamb industry.
There 167 rams were sold, averaging $1113, along with 11 ewes, which averaged $688.
Similar to recent years, the family’s Southdowns created strong competition from mainland studs. All up six rams were sold into interstate and Tasmanian studs, topping at $6500 and averaging $3567.
The top-priced ram was bought by HR & KJ Cameron of Penshurst while the secondtop ram was bought in partnership by AS Hogarth of Evandale and Burando for $5000.
Southdown ewes topped at $1100, selling to RE & JL Knight from Victoria.
The family also sold 34 White Suffolk rams to a top of $1600 which was paid by N & P Talbot from Evandale.
In the Poll Dorset offering the top ram also made $1600 and was bought by Markana Park from Flinders Island, who in Victoria bought 12 rams on the day.
All up the Badcocks sold 64 Southdown rams sold for an average of $1348. The 10 Poll Dorset-Southdown cross rams topped at $1500 and averaged $1050. They also sold 34 White Suffolk rams averaging $991 and 54 Poll Dorset rams averaging $1046.
A year of buoyant wool prices helped create solid ram prices at the Brooklands and Sorell Springs annual Merino ram sale. The overall average of $1800 was close to $400 higher than the previous sale.
A top price of $4200 was paid by Banwell Pastoral from Triabunna for a Sorell Springs ram. GJ & PJ Bowerman from Gretna and BJ & L McConnon from Levendale both paid $3600 for two Sorell Springs rams.
Fehlberg's Produce from Brighton took home the toppriced Brooklands ram for $3500.
Regular buyers DT & GF Fish from Oatlands were one of the biggest volume buyers, taking home 14 rams, while Braes Pastoral at Woodbury bought 10 rams.
All up Sorell Springs sold 43 rams averaging $1907, while Brooklands sold 44 rams at an average of $1696.