Tassie buyers bid at Camlea Charollais

Camlea Charollais ram sale hits $2000 top price


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Trying conditions impacted the annual sale held last week.

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Volume buyer Christine Pumper, Inverell, Howlong, with selling agent Shad Bailey of Colin Say and Co and vendor Kevin Feakins. Picture: Supplied

Volume buyer Christine Pumper, Inverell, Howlong, with selling agent Shad Bailey of Colin Say and Co and vendor Kevin Feakins. Picture: Supplied

BUYERS travelled from as far as Tasmania to secure genetics from the eighth annual Camlea Charollais ram sale held on-property near Glencoe last Friday.

Vendors Kevin and Gina Feakins sold 45 of their 60 rams for a 75 per cent clearance to achieve a $774 average and a top price of $2000.

Under trying seasonal conditions, the Feakins were pleased to see many repeat clients as well as new faces on hand to secure new sires.

"We are happy with the results of the sale under such trying climatic conditions," they said.

"We know everyone is suffering, and to have your support on the day, was greatly appreciated."

Rams were sold to southern New South Wales, Victoria and across to Tasmania. 

A top price of $2000 was realised for a son of Camlea Archie who was purchased by Gilbert Murphy of Bribbaree, for his volume, muscle content and sire outlook. 

We have been impressed with the growth rate and their very easy lambing. - Christine Pumpa, Inverell, Howlong

Volume buyer was Jeff and Christine Pumpa, Inverell, Howlong, who secured seven rams for their first-cross ewe operation.

The couple currently run about 1000 ewes and began buying Camlea Charollais rams three years ago after seeing them advertised in The Land.

"We have been impressed with the growth rate and their very easy lambing," Christine said.

"That was the main reason we are going with the Charollais because they are easier lambing."

While conditions on their property are dry and they have reduced their numbers by a couple hundred ewes, Ms Pumpa said they were still committed to joining.

"We have been selling through the Corowa saleyards," she said.

"Depending on growth rate and what we feel the dress out rate should be."

In other sale results; Clarevaux Station secured six rams, new client Stephen Pumpa purchased five rams while Charlie Pye from Walgett secured three.

Donald Constable from near Canberra purchased one ram along with Geoff Duddy and Willie Newbury.

The Feakins brought their interest in Charollais sheep when they emigrated from England following a disastrous experience with foot and mouth disease. Over there it was the push by major UK supermarkets for lean meat that drove change in many farming systems. 

The sale was conducted by Colin Say and Co. 

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