THE 52nd New England Poll Dorset Fair attracted local prime lamb producers to the Guyra showgrounds on Wednesday.
Seven vendors offered 85 rams in total with 66 selling at auction to a top of $1100 twice and an average of $734.
David Green, Ban Ban, Ben Lomond, was the volume buyer on the day securing 18 rams, including the two top priced rams.
“I only came to buy eight but the quality was so good, I couldn’t stop bidding,” Mr Green said.
The first of the $1100 rams was offered by Palana Poll Dorsets, Keith Loosemore, Glendon North, Warialda.
Palana 92-15 weighed 107kg, scanned a rib fat of 5mm and an eye muscle area of 40cm sq.
“He is by 9215 who throws good eye muscle,” Mr Loosemore said.
The second $1100 ram was presented by Peter Bell, Talbragar Poll Dorsets, Gravesend.
Talbragar 41/17 was a 2017-drop twin ram sired by Palana 224/13, weighing 95 kilograms.
Both rams exhibited open faces, length and good feet, which were the selection criteria for Mr Green on the day.
“In a typical year we join 1600 ewes,” Mr Green said.
“These rams will go over first cross ewes and turn off prime lambs. We will aim to sell them directly off mum, which we are usually able to do with the genetics we select from here.”
Mr Green was a repeat buyer of the Poll Dorset fair for about 20 years and found the quality and selection was second to none.
“The Poll Dorset rams allow us to turn off lambs quicker with their weight for age,” he said.
Mr Green averaged $832 for his draft of rams selected from five vendors.
In other results; Robert and Carolin Jackson, Westbrook Pastoral Company, Guyra, returned to average $764 for their draft of 11 rams.
Supporting four of the vendors on the day, Mr Jackson was selecting on “bare faces, good breech, thick rump and good genetics”.
He was pleased with the range of product on offer at the fair.
The sale was conducted by Colin Say and Co, Glen Innes, and Davidson Cameron and Co, Guyra with Shad Bailey and Terry Williams sharing the rostrum.
PALANA - Warialda Offered 10, Sold 8, Top $1100, Average $688
TALBRAGAR - Gravesend Offered 10, Sold 9, Top $1100, Average $805
YASLOC - Glen Innes Offered 20, Sold 20, Top $1000, Average $738
TENTERFIELD HIGH - Tenterfield Offered 11, Sold 11, Top $900, Average $709
BANNAWERRA - Uralla Offered 20, Sold 12, Top $800, Average $734
EDWINSTOWE - Glen Innes Offered 10, Sold 2, Top $600, Average $600
HERCULEAN - Glencoe Offered 4, Sold 4, Top $900, Average $775