For their third annual on-property sale of White Suffolk rams, the Yanco Agricultural High School, Yanco offered 55 rams and saw 53 sold to top price of $1800 and average price of $850.94.
Stud manager and agriculture teacher Ellie Quinn said the result was a very pleasant surprise considering the continuing drought affecting many of the stud’s clients.
“It was above our expectations,” she said when commenting upon the sale average.
“Many of our clients are having a tough time but it is encouraging to see they are still continuing to buy good rams.”
Top price at $1800 was paid for a triplet son of 122261, one of the leading sires in the Yanco stud, by Michael and Natalie Wilkinson, property managers for the Stockinbingal Pastoral Co, Wallendbeen.
“We have been a lot of success with these rams when joining them to Merino ewes,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“Our ewes are very fertile and we are able to get a lot of lambs sold to the trade before or soon after weaning.”
Mr Wilkinson sells the lambs through the Forbes saleyards or on contract ‘over-the-hooks’.
The Helmsman selling system was conducted by Elders, Narrandera and Breed and Hutchinson, Leeton.
- Full report next week