EP stud breaks record for ram
ANDEN White Suffolk stud smashed the Australian meat sheep breed sale record in a big way when one of its stud rams sold for $68,000 last week at its 21st annual sale.
The Hull family, Kattata Well stud, Port Kenny, who are making a real impact in the breed, staved off intense bidding to secure Anden 150277Tw.
The August 2015-drop ram was supreme interbreed ram at Hamilton Sheepvention in Vic and the Royal Adelaide Show and had many admirers for its outstanding phenotype and performance figures, including a Carcase Plus index of 221.
The previous national record stood at $44,000 in 2011, for a Dorper, while the highest White Suffolk price-tag was $36,000 set in 2004 by the Detpa Grove stud, Jeparit, Vic, and was matched by Anden last year.
Geoff Hull said they were delighted to be able to secure such a high quality ram to follow on from their other recent top sire investments.
“This ram is a complete package, with huge growth for age and performance figures, is so structurally correct and has that wonderful and renowned Suffolk shape of wide and deep hindquarters and loin, with narrower shoulders and great neck extension for lambing ease,” he said.
“After seeing him in Adelaide, we couldn’t find anything to match him to suit our breeding objectives,” Leroy Hull added.
The stud is likely to offer semen packages, with expressions of interest sought through Adelaide-based Superior Selections.