The fifth annual Mt Bathurst Poll Dorset ram sale was held on November 4 at the Healey family property at Black Springs.
A total of 43 Poll Dorset rams sold from a draft of 70 for a $937 average.
D. and L. Manning, purchasing through Riverina Livestock Agents, Wagga Wagga, secured the top price ram for $1350.
The 19-month old Mt Bathurst 36 ram was by the Hillden 809-14 sire. It had a bodyweight (BW) of 116 kilograms and measured 99 millimetres in the eye muscle width (EMW), 46mm in the eye muscle depth (EMD) and seven mm in the fat depth with an eye muscle area (EMA) of 35.08 centimetres squared.
The Mannings also purchased the second top price ram for $1250. By the Hillden 300-14 sire, the ram had a BW of 110kg, EMW of 95mm, EMD of 45mm, fat depth of six mm and measured 32.91cm2 in the EMA.
For the second consecutive year Mt Bathurst principals, Greg and Christine Healey, donated the entire proceeds of one ram to the Cancer Council.
This year saw Mt Bathurst 149 selected as the charity lot, selling to Stuart and Chantal Bremner, “Avondale”, Tuena, for $1200.
A standout among the sale offering, the 16-month old ram, by the Hillden 79/16 sire, had a BW of 98kg and measured 90mm in the EMW, 43mm in the EMD, 29.80cm2 in the EMA and five mm in the fat depth.
The Bremners bought six rams for an average of $967.
Other volume buyers included J.V. Crotty who bought five rams for a $1085 average and Malcolm Graham, Oberon, also secured five rams for a $830 average.
Bowyer and Livermore bought 10 rams for an undisclosed new buyer for $800 on average.
Mr Healey said they were pleased rams were going to four new buyers and a number of repeat clients.
“We have quality rams available for sale year round,” he said.
The sale was conducted by J.J. Dresser and Company, Woodstock, with Michael Anderson the auctioneer.