FOUR ram lots hit the top price of $1500, while mated ewes topped at $850 during the Armdale and Armdale Park Poll Dorset studs’ mated ewe and ram sale held on-property at Marrar last Friday.
The Armstrong family sold 90 mated ewes of the 110 they offered for a 82 per cent clearance and $465 average. Thirty-four rams sold of the 62 they offered cleared 55pc and averaged $1070.
Gundagai local Brad Bourne outlaid $850 for the top-priced Armdale 2017-drop ewe, Armdale 647-17.
The twin-born mated ewe was sired by Armdale Park 13-15 from the Armdale 47-15 ewe, and sold joined to Springwaters 47-16.
The second top price of $700 was hit on three occasions in the ewe section, with the Wilkinson family from Bright Side Poll Dorsets, Purnim, Victoria, securing lot 72 for $700 along with 11 other ewes from the sale draft.
The Riverian Anglican College, Wagga Wagga, also selected two ewes for the $700, including Armdale Park 498-17 mated to the Armdale 520-16 sire, and the lot 68. In total the students took home 10 ewes.
The largest volume buyers of ewes were the Cooper family from Ashcharmoo Poll Dorsets, Marulan, who put together a draft of 18 ewes.
Other major ewe purchasers were Kinsale Poll Dorsets, Orange, bought 12, while Sturgiss Pastoral Company, Koorawatha, purchased 10.
Four rams hit the top price of $1500, including two that were snapped up by Valerie Maroney from Young. Ms Maroney secured AP286-17 and A253-17.
Peter Brain, Grong Grong, bought a pen of two Armdale flock rams for $1500 each.
Also hitting the sale-topping price was Goulburn-based Milson Family Partnership’s selection AP133-17. They also secured two second top-priced rams at $1400 each, and put together a total of 10 rams to add to their flock.
Another ram was purchased for $1400 by Mick Quinn, Ganmain, who was a volume buyer taking home seven rams.
Kinvarra Pastoral Co, The Rock, rounded-up the major buyers securing eight rams.
The sale was conducted by Landmark, with agents Steve Ridley, Elders Goulburn, and Peter Cabot, Landmark Wagga Wagga, sharing the auctioneering duties.