Record Victorian auction price for Dohne
Victorian buyer sticks with Macquarie Dohnes.
A NSW Dohne stud has achieved a record Victorian auction price for one its rams, at the breed's 15th annual invitation ram sale, in Ballarat.
"Macquarie", Warren, NSW, sold lot one, an April-2017 drop ram, for $13,000, to the McColl family, Bamganie.
Rob McColl said he was prepared to pay a few thousand dollars more for the ram, as he was worth it.
"I love the straight back on him," Mr McColl said.
"I also like the stance on him, he had good feet, a very good rear end on him, and is well sprung in the ribs."
Mr McColl said the family had been involved in producing wool since 1854 and had been with Macquarie Dohnes for many years.
"Overall, I am very happy," he said.
The ram had scanned figures of a post-weaning weight (PWT) of 6.2kilograms, a post-eye muscle depth (PEMD) of 1.1millimetres, post-weaning fat (PFAT) of 0.4mm, a yearling clean fleece weight (YCFW) of 10.5per cent and yearling fibre diametre co-efficient of variation (YFDCV) of -1.3per cent.
It was in the top 10pc for PWT, YFDCV and the Dohne plus index of 154.
The ram's figures were also in the top 30pc for EMD, PFAT and YCFW.
He was also champion NSW Dohne ram at the Bendigo Australian Sheep & Wool Show.
Mr McColl said the ram would be used over stud stock, to produce sires for the commercial side of the operation.
Macquarie stud principal John Nadin said it was a record, at auction, in Victoria.
"We sold one privately, for $15,000, in the mid 2000's," Mr Nadin said.
Conditions at the property were "very, very ordinary.
"But it gives you a bit of confidence, when you can sell rams, like we did."
Mr Nadin said the ram had benefitted from supplementary feeding, but hadn't been housed.
"He's the sort of ram that the McColls do like, but the South Australians were bidding on him, and I think the Western Australians might have been a bit interested as well.
"He attracted a lot of attention - that family is one of our oldest."
Mr Nadin said he still had a strong contingent of rams from the family of the top-priced animal the property.
"That's why we have let him go, I have a half brother, a one-year old, who we are collecting semen from."
Elders auctioneer Ross Milne said he thought the sale went very well.
"We averaged more than $2000, which is as good an average we have had, for a while," Mr Milne said.
"The vendors are getting return clientele coming to buy these rams, which is very pleasing."
Four studs, "Macquarie", "Kardinia", "Corowa", NSW, "Glenaroua, Kilmore, and "Stirling" Glenthompson, were represented.,
Volume buyers included Russell Coad, "Lambruk", Shelford, who picked up 14 rams and TR, CN & ED Peel (4).