Buyers still chasing Kismet rams after sale

Kismet rams "sell like hot cakes" at annual auction

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Graham Wilson of Kismet stud with buyer Dennis Duffy from Tumbarumba who paid $3000 for his pick of the sale. Photo: Carley Alchin

Graham Wilson of Kismet stud with buyer Dennis Duffy from Tumbarumba who paid $3000 for his pick of the sale. Photo: Carley Alchin

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The largest number of registered bidders ever seen bid fiercely.

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Kismet rams were in such high demand stud principal Graham Wilson's phone was still fielding inquiry the day after their successful auction at Howlong on Wednesday.

A record 65 registered bidders flocked to the auction and helped clear 181 of 190 rams.

The Southdown White Suffolk cross were so popular that an extra 10 rams were added at the end of the sale to clear for an average of $1859 and $2300 top.

A total of 20 Poll Dorset rams averaged $1040 to top at $1400 but it was the White Suffolks that reached the highest successful bid of $3000 with 100 averaging $1561.

Mr Wilson said the strong demand meant some buyer's pockets weren't deep enough but the crowd was full of praise for the quality of the rams.

"My phone has been ringing all morning with people looking for more rams," he said the morning after the sale.

"I had some left and half of them have probably sold already now.

"I had 375 going into spring and I thought I had rocks in my head...but I'm glad I kept every one."

He labelled the sale offering the best they had ever bred, a sentiment repeated by long-term client Dennis Duffy, Wanden White Suffolk stud, Tumbarumba, who secured two stud sires for $3000 and $2100.

His top ram weighed 122 kilograms with a 40.04 eye muscle area scan.

Mr Duffy runs nearly 500 ewes and would normally sell 100 rams but lost about half due to bush fires earlier this year.

"The country is looking unbelievable - better than ever," he said.

"The fire did wonders to the ground. I've got apple orchards and I lost 30,000 trees in the fire. It was heartbreaking but the stud is just a sideline for me."

He said the rams would be joined to stud ewes and were admired for their meat, body and structure.

"I needed a couple of stud rams," he said.

"I started my stud off Graham's flock. I bought 30 off him, had them for two days and wild dogs killed 16. That was a heartbreak."

Volume buyers included Valeclare Farm in Boorhaman who bought 13 White Suffolk rams, and Schoen Pastoral in Corowa who bought 11 Southdown rams.

The sale was run by Elders.

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