A total clearance of the 53 Yangoora Gromark Genetics rams on offer at the annual sale for top of $1300 and average price of $735 was a ‘very pleasing’ result for stud principal Kate Sevier, Young.
Mrs Sevier said the continued interest in her offering confirms the genetic direction she has taken since starting the stud 30 years ago, and was pleased to see many repeat buyers along with new clients.
“Our rams are highly suitable for terminal sires over Merino ewes for easy lambing,” Mrs Sevier said.
“Clients also choose our rams as a maternal sire over Merino ewes to breed a superior prime lamb dam to the traditional first-cross ewe, and a meaty terminal wether.
“They are also ideal for maternal self replacing prime lamb production.”
Return clients David and Rebecca McMillan, “Clifton”, Young, paid the top price of $1300 for the pick of their selection with a second ram costing $900.
The McMillans have been buying Yangoora Gromark Genetics rams for the past three years, and are joining them to purchased Merino ewes.
“We are looking for terminal sires, and are pleased with the results,” Mr McMillan said. “They are giving us the progeny we are looking for, they fit our specifications for the domestic trade at 18-24 kilograms dressed.”
Mr McMillan said he liked the top priced ram for his balance and suitability to fit his breeding program.
Other repeat buyers included K. and K. Steenbergen, “Rockfield”, Maimuru, who added to their sire battery with two rams for average price of $950.
Cootamundra-based sheep consultant Neville Mangelsdorf paid $1200 top in a draft of four rams to an average price of $900 for client Byrne Farm Co, Wallendbeen, and A.A. and T.A. Jarrott, “Oakee”, Bribbaree, purchased two rams for an average price of $975.
Julie Brien, Greenethorpe, purchased three rams for average price of $700, specifically to use as maternal sires in her self-replacing flock.
Agents were active in securing drafts for clients who could not attend, with Delta Agribusiness, Wagga Wagga, paying $912.50 for their draft of four rams, and Moses and Son, Young, paid an $766.67 average for six rams and $562.50 for four rams.
The on-property auction was conducted by Gerrard and Partners, Young.