Two hundred and forty-five head found new homes from the 247 rams and ewes offered, averaging $1769.
The flock rams averaged $1228 while the stud rams averaged $5117.
The biggest increase in sale proceeds from last year was in the stud ewe section with a 96pc increase achieved from last year’s result. Sixty-three of 65 ewes cleared to $2300 and averaged $1108.
The top-price ewe, DG150666Tw was purchased by Gary Heilig, Montana, USA with Clive and Deb Shillabeer, Karoonda, South Australia doing the bidding. Embryos will be flushed from this elite performance ewe (C+ 206) and these exported to the USA.
Duncan Young, Livestock Marketing Pty Ltd, through Elders Strathalbyn, SA, had the biggest influence on the result with the purchase of 16 ewes from $800 to $2100 at a $1375 average.
Dennis Duffy, Tumbarumba, Vic, was the strongest individual buyer through AuxtionsPlus with nine ewes to the second top of $2100. Will Milroy, Trafalgar, Vic, picked up four to $1700 also through that network, while Brendan Ebsary was in the sale shed and purchased four to $1600 through Elders Maitland, SA.
The highlight of the stud ram draft and the sale’s top-price did not occur until 26 lots into the 36 head draft. Joel and Andrew Donnan, Anden stud, Woomelang, were fresh from their own record breaking sale one week before, bid to $22,000 before securing DG150576Tw, a son of DG130592Tri. The mid-July drop attracted a lot of resale attention with high, but not extreme performance figures culminating in a carcase plus index of 190 polished off an outstanding stud sire prospect.
The second stud ram in the ring, DG150211ET was the sale topping ram’s full brother from an earlier embryo flush. He sold to Bruce Buswell, Matilda Downs, Mt Barker, WA, through Superior Selections for $19,000, the sale’s second highest price.
Doug Comb, Manfred stud, Hay paid $16,000 for DG150059Tri by Burwood 110959Tw to add to two $1100 ewes he purchased earlier. Clive and Deb Shillabeer snapped up DG150677 for $14,000.
Some other stud sales of note included: $10,000 to R and L Mitchell, Ronobri stud, Lockington, Vic; $9000 to T and N Smith, Marleigh stud, Gymbowen, Vic; $6500 to John Jamieson, Wattle Park, Finley; $6500 to M and Y Williams, Nhill, Vic; and $6000 to the Routley family, Almondvale, Lockhart.
In the flock ram section there was a total clearance for a $1228 average with a top-price of $1600 six times.
Mark Schmidt, buying though Elders Hamilton, Vic, picked up his two select spring drop rams with C+ indices of 213 and 209 and NR and KM Watson through Rodwells, Keith, Vic, also paid the $1600 top in their three purchases at a $1533 average.
Several Elders Bendigo branch clients have supported the flock ram section of this sale for a long time. Eight individual accounts through this branch operated successfully this year, purchasing 26 rams between them. Long term supporters, A, B and L Mann purchased four, with three also being at the section’s $1600 top.
Peter Irving, the sale’s biggest volume buying account, purchased 16 from $1000 to $1200 and at an $1100 average.