High demand at inaugural Dell ewe auction

Dell Doper ewes meet strong demand in online auction

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All 60 ewes sold to a top of $4700 to average $1862.

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Top price ewe, Dell 180981, was purchased by Marcus Ryan, Amherst Dorpers, Amherest.

Top price ewe, Dell 180981, was purchased by Marcus Ryan, Amherst Dorpers, Amherest.

The first exclusive online ewe sale on the account of the Van Niekerk and Vagg families, Dell African Dumisa Dorper and White Dorper stud, Moama, saw all the ewes cleared in high demand on AuctionsPlus on Monday night.

All 60 ewes sold to a top of $4700 to average $1862.

In the breakdown 37 Dorpers sold to a top of $4700 to average $2178 and 23 White Dorpers topped at $2100 to average $1352.

The top price Dorper ewe was Dell 180981, a daughter of the popular Dell Jackpot 160906 sire, from the Dell Gloria line and was scanned in lamb to Dell Juggernaught 170743. She was purchased by Marcus Ryan, Amherst Dorpers, Amherest.

The ewe goes back to the well known Jackpot sire which was a standout to Mr Ryan.

"She was a lovely feminine ewe with a heap of meat and stunning wedge shape," he said.

"Throughout our ewe selection we chased ewes that had great quality sires and dams lines to be able to get great breeding stock within the herd."

The second top price ewe was another Dorper ewe this time in Dell 181152, a Dell Jackpot 160906 daughter and was purchased by Matt Wood, Khan Dorper stud, Goodooga, for $4200.

Mr Wood also purchased another 13 ewes to average $1942.

Topping the White Dorper draft was Dumisa 190041, a triplet ewe scanned in lamb to Ediwanda 182521, purchased by David Piper, Dubbo for $2100.

JJ and JA McClure, Kallara Station, Tilpa purchased 15 ewes paying a top of $2100 to average $1553.

Stud principal Andrea Vagg was extremely proud of the line up of ewes she labelled the best they had offered.

"We would normally keep these high quality ewes in our stud however due to the drought in 2019 we have only been able to keep our absolute best breeding ewes," she said.

"This has helped provide some of our best genetics."

The sale was conducted by Nutrien and AuctionsPlus.

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