Yarrawonga Chronicle

Ewe beauty!

Transparen­t water program – Cr Thomas

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The April/May 2020 drop ewes were carrying the Tattykeel Certified Red Tag and were listed on AuctionsPl­us by Elders, Yarrawonga.

The vendor R and K Greenfield­s Pty Ltd, Bundalong, Victoria, has developed an Australian White flock based upon ewes of Tattykeel-bloodlines and the sale ewes were sired by Tattykeel-bred rams.

Rodney and Karen Vodusek, trading as R & K Greenfield­s Pty Ltd, Bundalong, said when the ewes finally sold, it made them feel “almost sick in the stomach ... because we couldn’t believe it”.

“My phone was running hot during the sale and it didn’t stop until about an hour after the auction had stopped,” Mr Vodusek.

“I didn’t need to look at the auction because I was busy doing some fencing and receiving text messages from all my friends and my agent telling me about the price at the same time.”

Mr Vodusek said the pen of ewes attracted 65 bids from six buyers over a 90-minute period.

The lambs had a reserve of $750 and were the first ewes sold off the property, Hareeba Park, since the couple purchased it in 2018.

They were bought by Craig Pellow, QPL, Temora, for a client at Carinda in northern NSW who is starting an Australian White flock.

“They are outstandin­g ewes,” Mr Pellow said. “They are excellent shedders and weighed 72kg.”

Mr Pellow also confirmed the ewes had been scanned-in-lamb to Tattykeel-bred rams and the results showed 60 percent for multiples and 40pc were carrying single lambs.

“The Red Tag guarantees the provenance of the breeding of the ewes and we are seeing a premium being paid for those ewes,” he said. “Breeders of Tattykeel-blood Australian Whites are being rewarded for their commitment.”

AuctionsPl­us spokespers­on confirmed the Australian White lines offered with Tattykeel certified red tags continue to dominate the market, attracting a remarkable amount

Forty Australian White ewes were sold on AuctionsPl­us on Tuesday, August 10 for $1015, believed to be an Australian record price for ewes.

of demand and breaking records. Buyers are willing to pay top dollar to secure these Tattykeel lines, and in the current market, sellers are certainly being rewarded through AuctionsPl­us.

“Linked to the strategy is the Town Water Reduction Program. A clear understand­ing

of this program is yet to be ascertaine­d from DPIE, hence the importance to have a transparen­t process of allocation of water resources at a LGA level.”

In another successful Notice of Motion, Cr Thomas, asked council to formally thank Murray Darling Associatio­n CEO Emma Bradbury and Executive Officer Riverina and

Mr Vodusek understand­s the previous record was $994 – also for Australian white Ewes – set a month ago. He shuns the publicity limelight. “I just want to be a farmer,” he said.

Murray Joint Organisati­on Bridget Leopold for their contributi­ons, commitment and creation of key connection­s over the years, following departure from their roles.

“They’ve been cornerston­es of many projects,” Cr Thomas who is also Chair of Region 2 Murray Darling Basin, said. Mayor Pat Bourke added: “Yes, two very capable ladies.”

 ??  ?? Rodney Vodusek and son Rudy pictured at Hareeba Park in Bundalong where their record breaking ewes were bred.
Rodney Vodusek and son Rudy pictured at Hareeba Park in Bundalong where their record breaking ewes were bred.
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Pulses such as faba beans require a particular set of soil parameters.

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