Yasloc Poll Dorset stud, "Euroa", Inverell Rd Glen Innes recorded an average of $1036 for a 100 per cent clearance of two tooth rams, 117 in total, topping at $2100 during their annual sale on Friday, hosted by Colin Say and Company with Landmark.
The stud sold 54 out of 60 lamb rams for an average of $858, topping at $1600, with the six outstanding rams sold immediately after the sale. The total average for the sale came to $980.
Top money was paid by repeat buyer Roy Robertson, Armidale, who came to the sale with implicit instruction to buy just four rams, but came away with five, topping at $2100 and averaging $1700 to complement a flock which has enjoyed a “brilliant” season from October through now.
Mr Robertson paid top dollar for lot 3, 98 kilograms, by Farrer 126/14, which has brought an infusion of White Suffolk into the Say stud to lower birthweight and clean up the points. Mr Robertson’s ram recorded a carcase plus index of 216, the highest of the rams on offer, calculated from post weaning weight, fat and eye muscle depth.
“I select on carcase traits, yield and growth as well as fat and structure,” said Mr Robertson. The ram’s moderate birthweight index of +.25kg also fitted the bill. “I like to watch birthweight because we tend to get lots of multiples and we need weights up or they get too low,” he said.
Brian and Ewan Winter, “Mayfield” West Furracabad bought two, two-tooth Poll Dorset rams paying to $1800 for lot 26, also by Farrer 126/14. The 110kg ram recorded +.26kg for birthweight, +13.4kg for post weaning weight and an eye muscle depth of +2.1mm.
Equal money went to lot 122, the highest priced ram lamb, 105kg by Poll Dorset Ivadene 137/14, bought by Hughie McCowan for Tenterfield High School’s stud program. The ram recorded 204 in the C+ index, with +.41kg birthweight and +15.4kg post weaning weight.
Glen Innes High School’s agricultural program paid $1600 for lot 15, 111kg, by the prolific Yasloc 604/12. This ram, already used over the Yasloc stud’s ewe lambs last year, came with a C+ index of 206, -0.3mm post weaning fat and +2.6mm eye muscle depth.
Warren Lockyer, Ben Lomand bought six rams for himself and two for his father Graham, paying to $1350 for lot 4, 109kg, by Farrer 126/14 with a C+ index of 202, a birthweight of +.22kg and post weaning weight of +15.8kg.
Abbey and Mara Grills, “Waverley” Guyra, bought five rams, paying to $1200 to run with pure Merino ewes in the family's wool and prime lamb dual purpose system.
Fred Bell and Richard Post, Outer Bald Blair, Guyra, bought five rams, topping at $1000, with an eye to serving a large number of maiden ewes this year.
John and Ivel Reid, Guyra, bought 11 ram lambs to put over first cross ewes paying to $950.
Marcus McCosker, “Lynhurst”, Inverell bought five rams. Andrew McIntosh, “Clarevaulx Station” Reddestone, bought six rams.
Lyle and Jennene Perkins, “Tralee” Furracabad, bought five rams. Andrew Landenberger, “Loganville” Ben Lomand, bought six rams. Geoff Coldham, “Ben Vale” Emmaville, bought nine rams.