Non-mulesed in demand at Parkdale

Non-mulesed Merinos in demand at Parkdale

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Jason Hartin, Robert Mudford with son Arthur, Meg Mudford, Greg Seiler, Scott Mudford, son Angus Mudford, Jan Powell-Mudford with daughter Fearne.

Jason Hartin, Robert Mudford with son Arthur, Meg Mudford, Greg Seiler, Scott Mudford, son Angus Mudford, Jan Powell-Mudford with daughter Fearne.

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Merino breeders demanding non-mulesed ewes and rams bought up big at the Parkdale SRS stud rams sale and surplus ewe sale at Dubbo last Wednesday.

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Parkdale SRS surplus ewe sale at Dubbo last Wednesday started at a cracking pace with the 1.5-year-old non-mulesed Parkdale SRS unjoined ewes, January 2021 shorn, setting the scene for a great sale, selling for $320.

The 2.5-year-old ewes made $325 each, then the sale toppers, 3.5-year-old non mulesed, NSM, ewes sold for $380 a head.

August/September 2020 drop ewe weaners, unshorn and crutched made $255 with huge interest on AuctionsPlus. Bulk buyer, Charlie Blomfield of Boridgeree Farming Pty Ltd, Canowindra, bought both 1.5-yr-old ewes and Aug/Sept '20 ewes.

A standout for stud principle, Don Mudford, was the short tail Merinos.

"We weren't sure how they would be received by commercial breeders as this is the first time we have put any natural short tail Merino ewes up for auction," Mr Mudford said.

The ewes were 5/6/7 years of age with a quarter to half-length tail. A bidding war between locals pushed them to $230 each.

"The ewes consistently pregnancy scan at 200 per cent and produce a 19 to 20 micron fleece and are never mulesed, never tail docked with no chemical required for blow-fly prevention," Mr Mudford said.

The breed is a world-first developed by the late Dr Jim Watts and Don Mudford at Parkdale with their own privately funded research.

In a total clearance, 3450 ewes and 41 sale rams sold with rams selling to $2250 to average $1450. Rex Wilson, Winterslow, Warren, paid the top money while securing three more rams averaging $1490 for the package.

Cuttaburra Pastoral Company, Wancobra Station, Bourke, purchased 10 rams for a $1005.

"The ewes sold today will pay for themselves in one year," Mr Mudford said.

"We buy a tractor and it costs us six years or more to pay for it with cropping."

Buyers were registered from the five eastern states and the ACT and sheep went into all areas of NSW.

"The industry has spoken, non mulesed Merinos are now selling at an estimated 25pc above AuctionsPlus weekly sheep sales of 100,000 head of similar description," Mr Mudford said.

The sale was conducted by Hartin Schute Bell, Narromine and Nutrien, Bourke.

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