Thirsty buyers clean out Talbragar rams

Talbragar Border Leicester tops at $2800

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Talbragar top price, tag 82, sold for $2800 to a Nutrien Victoria client with Brad Wilson, Nutrien Livestock and vendors Matthew "Curl", Daniel and Ben Simmons.

Talbragar top price, tag 82, sold for $2800 to a Nutrien Victoria client with Brad Wilson, Nutrien Livestock and vendors Matthew "Curl", Daniel and Ben Simmons.

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Talbragar blows away all expectations.

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The rolling green hills, gentle breeze and bowling green lawn were a very different landscape to the windy dust bowl of last year at Koolyn, Dunedoo for the Talbragar Border Leicester on property ram sale on Tuesday.

The stud advertised 50 rams but with unprecedented enquiry they cautiously increased their catalogue to 70 rams to cover demand.

These rams all sold to $2800 top and $1228 average.

The Simmons boys quickly found a further uncataloged 33 flock rams to quench demand only to sell these in a matter of minutes.

Another mob of 15 rams were rounded up and soon sold, leaving no flock or stud rams available.

The stud sold a total of 118 rams in a matter of hours.

Stud principal Ben Simmons was ecstatic.

"It just went bananas," he said.

"The rams were born in the dirt and came through it."

The top price ram was tag 82 selling for $2800, a twin son of Retallack 377.15 who the stud purchased in 2016 for $8000.

The 12-month-old ram was purchased by Nutrien Bannockburn on behalf of a Victorian stud.

"The client was looking for a real sire, with perfect structure, excellent width, good hind quarters and an excellent pedigree," Mr Simmons said.

"He was purchased from videos we sent through, due to the current travel restrictions."

The ram's Stockscan figures included an eye muscle area width of 83, depth of 37, fat of 6 and eye muscle area of 23.65 square centimetres.

Brad Chalker of Lachoona, Darby Falls, returned to purchase the bulk of the draft with 17 stud rams topping at $1200 twice for an average of $1041.

He purchased a further 12 flock rams at $800 after the sale to complete his draft of rams.

Mr Chalker had been buying from Talbragar for three years and will use the rams over 2500 Merino ewes in his first cross program.

The harsh conditions adjusted the Chalker family's focus, concentrating on more size, milk and fertility.

"We like the shape and make of the rams," he said.

The sale was conducted by Nutrien Livestock with Brad Wilson as auctioneer.

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