Top Dell rams off to start stud duties

Dell rams all off to stud duties

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High demand saw all 106 rams sold to average $4054.

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Lachlan Collins, Nutrien Echuca, buyer Matt Wood, Khan Dorpers, vendor Andrea Vagg, and Peter Godbolt, Nutrien Livestock with the top price Doper ram.

Lachlan Collins, Nutrien Echuca, buyer Matt Wood, Khan Dorpers, vendor Andrea Vagg, and Peter Godbolt, Nutrien Livestock with the top price Doper ram.

The hype around Dell African Dumisa Dorpers and White Dorpers was clear to see during their 9th annual on-property ram sale when all 106 rams sold for an overall sale average of $4054.

In the sale breakdown, 79 Dorper rams sold to a top of $15,000 to average $4092 while 27 White Dorpers sold to a top of $6500 to average $3944.

Just a few weeks after setting a world record for a $50,000 ram at Dubbo, the stud continued the pace on Tuesday.

This time the sale topper, Dell 190595, was purchased by Matt Wood, Khan Dorper stud, Goodooga, Cobar for $15,000.

The 15-month-old Doper ram weighed 99 kilograms and was sired by Dell Juggernaut 170743.

He had a weaning weight of 45.5 kilograms, post weaning weight of 80.5 kilograms a fat score of six and an eye muscle depth (EMD) of 44.

Buyer Matt Wood is no stranger to paying top dollar for Dell genetics.

He owns the full brother to the world record ram who he purchased in 2019.

This year he secured three rams to average $7750 with his top choice having exceptional length and structurally sound which he believed would add a lot to his stud.

"He has phenomenal growth numbers for a Dorper which is something we are really focusing on within the stud," he said.

"We also purchased another two rams overall chasing rams that were tall, large frame rams with a extra leg that walk out nicely."

The second top price ram, Dell 190213, a son of Dell Full Throttle 170388, was purchased by Benson Dorpers, Walcha for $8500.

Benson Dorpers also purchased another ram in Dell 190719, sired by Dell Legend 140472, for $5250.

The 17-month-old sire weighed 95 kilograms and had a fat score of seven with an EMD of 51.

Marcus Ryan, Amherst Dorpers, Amherst, continued his buying support from the ewe sale on Monday into the rams and secured the third top price, Dell 190112, for $8000

Mr Ryan was chasing a Dell Full Throttle 170388 son for his well-known breeding qualities.

"The rams has an outstanding length and stance and plenty of meat on his frame to help produce fast growing lambs and structurally sound," he said.

Topping the White Dorper draft at $6500 was African 190185, purchased by Pa Larwood, Bunnerungie Station, Wentworth through the AuctionsPlus platform.

The 17-month-old weighed 93.5 kilograms and had a fat scored of six and an EMD of 47 have already been used within the Dell African Dumisa stud.

Second top price White Dorper was African 190091 and was purchased by Dustin and Lincoln Old, Bourke for $5000.

The Old family led the volume buying on the day when they secured 13 rams, seven Dorper and six White Dorpers, to average $4269.

Lincoln Old said their main focus over the run of rams was weight for age, weaning weight and fat cover.

Stud master Andrea Vagg was blown away with the results of their sale and said the comments on the ground was that this year's line up was very even from start to finish.

Nutrien Livestock agent Peter Godbolt described the sale with one word - outstanding.

Lachlan Collins and Peter Godbolt, Nutrien, with vendor Andrea Vagg, and the top White Dorper ram.

Lachlan Collins and Peter Godbolt, Nutrien, with vendor Andrea Vagg, and the top White Dorper ram.

The sale was conducted by Nutrien Livestock with Peter Godbolt as auctioneer.

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