Rowallan rams achieve $1670 average

Rowallan Poll Dorset stud sell 117 of 119 rams to $1670 average


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The top priced ram sold for $3300. Pictured with purchaser Michael Edwards, Goba Creek Station, Boorowa and Rowallan stud principal, Matt Reid. Photo supplied.

The top priced ram sold for $3300. Pictured with purchaser Michael Edwards, Goba Creek Station, Boorowa and Rowallan stud principal, Matt Reid. Photo supplied.

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Rowallan rams top at $3300 with local, repeat buyers active.

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Rowallan Poll Dorset stud, Crowther sold 117 of the 119 rams offered at their Spring Sale for a clearance rate of 98 per cent, top of $3300 and average of $1670.

Stud owners Matt and Amy Reid said they were very happy with the result given the season, the sale's average $370 above last year's.

He said buyers commented on their rams' muscle and correct structure as well as top-end lamb plan figures.

Phil Butt of Butt Livestock and Property conducted the sale. He said the results were very impressive given the number of ewes taken out of the system due to dry conditions.

"The rams were fed no grain, just grazed on crops and pasture and the majority were only 12-months-of-age," Mr Butt said.

"They're easy-doing rams with plenty of natural fat cover, which works for the export or sucker market."

Repeat client, Michael Edwards of Goba Creek Station, Boorowa bought the top ram for $3300.

The 12-month-old ram was in the top 10 per cent for Carcase Plus (216) and post-weaning weight eye muscle depth (3.1).

He had a birth weight of 0.36, weaning weight of 10.2 (top 25 per cent) and post-weaning weight of 15.3.

Mr Edwards said the ram was one of nine they bought on the day.

"We liked the whole line up, they were good quality rams, they stood up well, had good structure and figures," Mr Edwards said.

"We try and concentrate on fat, we look at post-weaning weight and eye muscle but the most important thing for us is structure."

Rowallan rams ready to go under the hammer. The Poll Dorset stud sold 117 of 119 rams offered. Photo supplied.

Rowallan rams ready to go under the hammer. The Poll Dorset stud sold 117 of 119 rams offered. Photo supplied.

Mr Edwards said they run a solely prime lamb enterprise with a combination of composite and first-Cross ewes.

"In the first half of the year we aim for a domestic market and then we usually hold some off to go export later on in the year," Mr Edwards said.

Bowvale Investments from Garry Owen, Binalong purchased nine rams for an average of $2190 and top of $3100.

While, the Deasey family of Young bought seven rams for an average of $2170 and top of $3200.

But it was Hugh Thackeray of Woornack Pastoral, Young who was the volume buyer of the day.

The long-term client purchased 11 rams for an average of $1840 and a top of $2300.

Mr Thackeray said a big factor in his selection was a ram's early-growth figures.

"They perform well in our business, where we turn lambs off from 12 to 16-weeks-of-age," he said.

He said they run a mixed cropping and livestock enterprise with 50pc of their sheep operation pure Merino and 50pc first-cross, selling most lambs over-the-hook.

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