KINGSVALE Supreme Rams on Friday recorded its most expensive ever sale at "Roseville", Kingsvale, with 64 Poll Dorset rams sold to buyers from across NSW.
In opening the sale – conducted by Delta Livestock and Property auctioneer Cameron Rosser – stud principal Tony Manchester said rain had been scarce this year, having recorded about 260 mm for the year.
He said the rams had been on crop for about a month already, a bit earlier than usual.
Yet enthusiastic bidding opened immediately.
Hugh Duffey, "Hillside", Crowther, bought the most expensive ram, at $2600, and grabbed another for $2300.
James Brown, of Landmark Bathurst was buying for Simon Lindeman of Redgum Grazing Partnership, "Stoney Creek", Boorowa.
Mr Brown bought 12 rams for Mr Lindeman's 570-hectare property.
Mr Lindeman later said he was pleased with the purchase.
There were 26 rams passed in, which surprised Mr Manchester a little, but he said several buyers were no shows.
Yet he took heart from the prices, if not the clearance rate, and said it was a clear indication he was doing something right, because most buyers had returned from earlier sales at “Roseville”.
I really think it's a wonderful time to be in the lamb industry.
The sale averaged $1128.13.
“I measure everything you know and have done so for years,” he said.
Mr Manchester said he had been focused on increasing eating quality for many years.
“I think it’s a wonderful time to be in the lamb industry.”