CLEARING an extra 20 rams and achieving an increase of more than $100 on last year’s average, it was a good day at the office for the Cresswell family’s Annalara White Dorpers.
Their 10th annual on-property sale reached a high of $3200, with 80 of 82 rams sold to average $1379.
Regular volume clients loaded most of the lineup, and it was the 2014 top-price buyer who again paid the highest price.
J.J. McClure, Kallara Station, Tilpa, buying through Landmark Russell Cobar, average $2375 for his four purchases, including the $3200 lot 12.
A 77.5 kilogram April 2014-drop sire, the ram had what both the buyer and vendor regarded as the best Australian sheep breeding values (ASBVs) in the catalogue.
These figures included a weaning weight (WWT) of +8, post weaning weight (PWWT) if +12.9 Carcase+ of 178.7, and Lamb 2020 of +110.1.
Ben Lard, “Mount View”, added 26 rams to the 24 he purchased in 2014, and this time around averaged $1284 for his selections.
They will join his 8300 head White Dorper flock, to produce heavy trade or light weight export lambs.
Mr Lard said the service from vendor Steve Cresswell kept him coming back to purchase his rams, which he selected on eye muscle and fat, looking for a well-conditioned animal.
Brad and Bec Hurley, “Kalabra”, Condobolin, returned for their sixth sale at Annalara to purchase five rams averaging $1520.
Mrs Hurley said they were happy with the direction the Annalara rams were directing their White Dorper flock, and they were a credit to Mr Cresswell’s eye for a good sheep.
Auctioneer Brian Kennedy, Elders stud stock, said the ram lineup was very even, and a majority of buyers were repeat clients happy with the rams they had selected in the past.
Landmark Russell, Cobar, and Elders Dubbo settled the sale, with Mr Kennedy and Luke Whan, Elders, sharing the rostrum.