A tough season greeted the annual production sale of Highveld International Australian White Sheep at Mendooran last.
The stud offered 77 rams and 18 ewes.
Buyers from South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and NSW picked up some good value rams, the majority being sent to South Australia and locally to Gulargambone.
David Barlow, Bathurst, paid the top price of $5000 for a 92 kilogram, 11-month-old twin ram.
He also purchased a further three rams for a total draft average of $2937.
Repeat buyer, Bill Charmley, “Kindamindi”, Gulargambone, was one of the volume purchasers.
He has been purchasing Highveld rams since 2004.
“I was looking for (sheep with) the myomax gene and eye muscle,” Mr Charmley said
Mr Charmley’s draft of eight rams averaged $1312.
John Settree, Landmark stud stock, Dubbo, said it was pleasing to see buyers from four states.
“Selective buyers were all looking for the Myomax gene, weight for age, style and confirmation,” Mr Settree said.
“Everybody was pleased to buy high-end stud and commercial sheep in what has been a trying part of the world here in the central west NSW.”
Alan Baron, Highveld International, thought it was a tough sale. He believed the current season has played a big role in this.
“A lot of our usual clients were not here due to the dry,” Mr Baron said.
“The best ram went for the top price and people bought the right ewes. People are starting to discriminate and know which are the good ones.”
“This sale was totally different from our previous ones, you can never tell from year to year.”
Highveld International will exhibit a team at the National Australian White Sheep Society Nationals held at Dubbo on October 13, 2017.
The sale was conducted by Landmark Dubbo with John Settree as auctioneer.