Abelene Park hits new stud high, $7400 top money

Abelene Park fetches $7400 in Piallamore sell-out

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Marshall and Max Douglas, Abelene Park Poll Dorset stud, Piallamore, with Daniel McCulloch, McCulloch Agencies, Tamworth, and the $7400 top Poll Dorset stud ram.

Marshall and Max Douglas, Abelene Park Poll Dorset stud, Piallamore, with Daniel McCulloch, McCulloch Agencies, Tamworth, and the $7400 top Poll Dorset stud ram.

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In all, 55 Poll Dorset rams, nine White Suffolk/ Poll Dorset rams and 10 Poll Dorset ewes cleared to a top $7400 at Abelene Park Poll Dorset stud last Thursday.

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Abelene Park Poll Dorset stud cracked $7400, a new stud high, at its annual spring ram and ewe sale at Belaylee, Piallamore, on Thursday.

In a testament to quality, all five Poll Dorset stud rams sold to a $7400 top and to an average of $5700; all 50 Poll Dorset flock rams sold to a $3400 top and to an average of $2200 and all nine White Suffolk/Poll Dorset rams sold to a $1800 top and to an average of $1500.

An additional 10 Poll Dorset ewes were offered and sold to $1600, marking a 100 per cent clearance for the stud.

First in the draft and setting the pace was AP 51-20, which sold for an on-property record of $7400 to longtime clients the Yerbury family, Mabury stud, Temora.

A twin son of Aldi AP228-18, the 14-month-old stud ram was the heaviest in the catalogue, weighing 140kg.

He had Australian sheep breeding values of 0.36 for birthweight, 9.7 for weaning weight, 13.88 for post-weaning weight, 0.28 for post-weaning eye muscle depth and -1.67 for post-weaning fat.

He also had a Terminal Carcase Production Index of 129.7.

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A client of Abelene Park stud for more than a decade, Mal Yerbury sells 150 Poll Dorset flock rams each year.

He said the high-seller would suit his operations very well.

"He's nice and smooth, with good legs and topline," Mr Yerbury said.

Vendor Marshall Douglas said the ram was the first placed junior woolly ram at the 2021 NSW Dorset Championships and combined size, length and cleanness with structure and topline.

Bids flowed thick and fast as the next ram, AP 160-20, sold to Doug Wallace, Millthorpe, for a second-top price of $6600.

A twin son of Silk AP228-19, the 12-month-old ram weighed 119kg and had Australian sheep breeding values of 0.2 for birthweight, 7.2 for weaning weight, 10.03 for post-weaning weight, 1.76 for post-weaning eye muscle depth and -0.42 for post-weaning fat.

He also had a Terminal Carcase Production Index of 127.6.

Among the buying outfit were the Lawrence family, Canowindra, who purchased two stud rams at $5400 each and Clyde Davidson, Woolbrook, who purchased the top flock ram, AP 35 for $3400, to join a draft of two others, averaging $3000.

Volume buyers included Spring Park Station, Quirindi, which purchased 10 rams to a top of $2100 and to an average of $1800; the Redman family at Inverell, who purchased eight Poll Dorset rams and four White Suffolk/ Poll Dorset rams to an average of $1500 and Webb Industries, Tasmania, which purchased six Poll Dorset ewes to a top of $1600 and to an average of $1200.

The sale was conducted by McCulloch Agencies, Tamworth.

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