Retallack rams to $15,000

Retallack ram sale tops at $15,000

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Retallack Border Leicester cleared all 143 lots.

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Agents Rick Power, Nutrien and Steve Ridley, Elders, are behind stud principal Isabella Grinter with top price buyers, George and Ben Simmons, Talbragar Border Leicester stud, Leadville.

Agents Rick Power, Nutrien and Steve Ridley, Elders, are behind stud principal Isabella Grinter with top price buyers, George and Ben Simmons, Talbragar Border Leicester stud, Leadville.

A buoyant spring and a desire to acquire industry leading genetics made the 49th Retallack Border Leicesters on-property production sale at Ariah Park on Tuesday a success.

Graham and Isabella Grinter and family offered 143 quality lots including 24 stud rams which sold to $15,000 for a complete sale clearance and $2497 average.

A complete clearance of 40 stud ewes recorded an average of $761 reaching highs of $1500.

While a competitive market snapped up 79 flock rams for an average of $2714 reaching a high of $3800.

Returning again to secure themselves more top genetics, Ben, Matthew and Daniel Simmons, Talbragar Border Leicester stud, Leadville, topped the sale paying $15,000 for an Red Dynasty 3rd son.

The Simmons boys also paid $1500 for the top ewe.

Ben Simmons has been buying Retallack genetics for five years now buying the top price ram on many occasions.

Mr Simmons said when he walked into the pens he was the one that really stood up right above the rest of the rams.

"The ram has a very good sirey head, good length of body, perfect structure, real heavy bone and carcase and a good heavy fleece," he said.

"We will collect semen from him with the potential for some to be available for purchase then he will be joined naturally to 50 or 60 of our top Talbragar stud ewes."

The young sire weighed 107 kilograms, had a eye muscle width of 94 millimetres, a fat depth of 5 mm and an eye muscle area of 30.40.

Also purchasing the top price ewe Ben Simmons said the ewe had a perfect body, good length of body, structurally sound and very feminine.

Second top price ram was also purchased by return buyers Geoff and Debbie Selmes Jerradale stud, Crookwell for $10,000.

Retallack 219.19 sired by Double Callum and has been used within the Retallack stud joining to 25 ewes lambs.

Geoff and Debbie have been returning to buy Retallack genetic for over 15 years.

Mr Selms said, the length and size as well as his over correctness in the ram was a standout for him.

"The Retallack sheep have always had good bone structure and good length and this works well for us," he said.

Geoff and Debbie Selmes also purchased another ram in Retallack 482.19 for $8250.

Mrs Selmes said Retallack 482.19 was a pick for them for his figures ranking number 1 in the Border Leicester breed index of 1218.

Returning again, Geoff and Diane Allan, Glenavon, Moama, paid to a top of $3100 for their selection of 13 rams to average $2754.

The sale was settled by Elders Wagga with Rick Power, Nutrien Livestock and Steve Ridley, Elders Studstock as auctioneers.

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