The demand for Border Leicester rams continued today at the Talkook Border Leicester stud's annual ram sale, resulting in a full clearance and the average growing by an impressive $1695 compared to last year.
Overall, Scott and Kylie Anderson of the Crookwell-based stud sold 59 of 59 rams to a top of $6000 to average $3747.
This result was up from a $3700 top and $2052 average at the 2020 sale.
Mr Anderson commented "it is a fantastic result for the breed".
"The Border Leicester industry has been strong throughout the year, and this result and all the others are great for the breed," he said.
The $6000 top-priced ram was Talkook 200008, a June 2020-drop twin-born son of North South 2016/0216 out of Talkook 88/2017.
Successful shown earlier in the year, the sale-topper was the supreme interbreed ram at the Goulburn Show and the champion ram of the Royal Bathurst Show.
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Tipping the scales at 109 kilograms, he had Stockscan figures from August 12 of 92 millimetres for eye muscle width (EMW), 43mm for eye muscle depth (EMD), 30.46 square centimetres for eye muscle area (EMA) and 8mm fat depth.
He was purchased by first-time Talkook buyer Adam Selmes of Crookwell, who took home two rams total for a $5100 average.
A client through Ray White Emms Mooney purchased the $5000 second-top ram, Talkook 200029.
The June 2020-drop ram weighed 123.5kg with August scan data of 95mm EMW, 45mm EMD, 32.92 sq cm EMA and 7mm of fat.
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The lead lot in the sale, he was a son of Talkook Box 180046 which was the equal highest objective measurement ram at the 2019 Melbourne Royal Show.
A full clearance of 295 ewes reached a $410 a head high for a pen of 75 non-station-mated (NSM) first-cross ewes. They were by Talkook Border Leicester rams and out of Glenwood-blood Merino ewes.
The sale was conducted by MD and JJ Anderson Pty Ltd, Crookwell, with Greg Anderson as the auctioneer.
Full report in next week's The Land newspaper.
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