Amarula Dorpers tops at $5600

Amarula Dorpers tops at $5600


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Trish and Philip Palmer," Overnewton Station", Ivanhoe; stud principal Lorroi Kirkby; Landmark agents John Settree and David East and stud principal Justin Kirkby with the two top priced rams.

Trish and Philip Palmer," Overnewton Station", Ivanhoe; stud principal Lorroi Kirkby; Landmark agents John Settree and David East and stud principal Justin Kirkby with the two top priced rams.

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AMARULA Dorpers, Gravesend, annual sale achieved a strong clearance and high average at the beginning of a promising season.

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AMARULA Dorpers, Gravesend, annual sale achieved a strong clearance and high average at the beginning of a promising season.

All 106 rams offered at the sale sold to a top of $5600 and averaged $1922.

There was also 21 ewes offered which were all sold for an average of $1800 and a top of $4000.

Phillip and Trish Palmer, "Overnewton Station", Ivanhoe, purchased both of the top priced rams at the sale for $5600.

Amurula 134075 was a 20 month year old ram with Australian sheep breeding values (ASBVs) of 1.7 millimetres for eye muscle depth (EDP), 121.4 for self replacing index (SRC) and 0.3mm for post weaning fat (PFAT).

The 10 month old Amurula 144438 also made $5600 and had ASBVs of 2.9mm for EDP, 0.9mm for PFAT and 4.4 kilograms for weaning weight (WWT).

Mr Palmer said both of the rams were well put together and good, safe sheep.

The Palmers, purchased a total of 22 rams at the sale to a top of $5600 and averaging $1686 to use on their commercial lamb operation.

The Palmers produce lambs that are sent directly to the Junee abattoirs, usually at about 10 months when they reach between 20 to 22kg. Mr Palmer said all of the rams would be used over their ewes commercialy and the two top rams in particular would help produce heavy lambs.

"They're good, heavy, well dressed rams," he said.

The Croziers, "Marfield Station", Ivanhoe, purchased 19 rams at the sale to a top of $2800 and averaging $1894.

Allan Crozier has been purchasing rams from Amarula since the sale started and his two sons, Rick and Ben, have carried on the tradition. The family runs a commercial lamb operation where they sell directly to Melbourne abattoirs for a range of different markets.

Rick Crozier said they purchase Amarula rams for their exceptional quality and consistency.

"They're consistent rams and from what we've seen previously, they maintain their commission and structure," he said.

Landmark stock and station agent John Settree, Dubbo, said the sale was a fantastic result which reflected the quality of the sheep offered.

"There was a lot of stud interest with 12 studs registered," he said.

Vendors Lorroi and Justin Kirkby were ecstatic with their sale and were thankful for both the repeat and new buyers.

Mr Kirkby said their main focus was their commercial clients who run their rams with large flock numbers.

Getting feedback from these clients and return buyers was important because Mr Kirkby said it gave them confidence in their sheep and genetics.

"The sale result shows confidence in the Dorper breed, there's a big future in Dorpers still," he said.

The sale was settled by Landmark Dubbo.

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