The 15th annual Anneleigh Poll Dorset and White Suffolk ram sale was held at Avondale, Cathcart near Bombala last Friday with a full clearance achieved.
Stud principals Iain and Kristie Ford offered and sold 140 rams, including 100 Poll Dorsets and 40 White Suffolks, as well as an extra 20 Poll Dorset sire prospects that were put through the ring after the sale.
The 140 rams sold averaged $3111, while the extra 20 average $1805. In the breakdown, 100 Poll Dorsets topped at $4200, twice and averaged $3568, while the 40 White Suffolks reached a $4000 top and $2625 average.
Anneleigh 404-20 was one of the equal high-selling rams purchased by Victorian-based buyers PJ and RS Sandy. Weighing 102 kilograms the September 2020-drop ram was by Hillden 50-17 and measured an eye muscle depth (EMD) of 46mm, an eye muscle width (EMW) of 93mm, fat depth of 6mm and a Lambplan birthweight figure of 0.25.
Nimmitabel buyer N Robinson purchased the other top-ram, Anneleigh 276-20 sired by Anneleigh 146-17. As an August 2020-drop ram he weighed 100kg with an EMD of 43mm, EMW of 87mm, fat depth of 5mm and birthweight figure of 0.19.
Six Poll Dorsets sold for the second top price of $4000.
Also selling for $4000 was the top White Suffolk ram, Anneleigh 123-20 which was sold to Andrew Rolfe, Maffra.
A son of Smithston 802-15, he tipped the scales at 100kg as a September 2020-drop ram. He measured 46mm EMD, 92m EMW, 6mm fat and 0.15 for birthweight.
Volume buyers in the Poll Dorset draft were CG and PM Clear and Tintagel Pastoral Co, both taking home 14 rams, while in the White Suffolks Grassy Creek Past bought six, and M Constance, Murphy Grazing and JG and JL Rumph purchased five each.
Selling agents were Nutrien Bombala with Rick Power and Tim Woodham as the auctioneers.
The Ford family said they were overwhelmed by the support received and thanked their clients.
"We were very pleased with the quality line up of rams, the buyers were very complimentary on the feet and structure, and how they have held up during such a wet year," they said.
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