KI SALE: At the Hanookra Border Leicester and Poll Merino sale on Kangaroo Island on Friday were buyer Andrew Stewart, Stewartdale, Naracoorte, his daughter Natalie, 13, Hanookra principal Rodney Willmott, with Elders SA stud stock manager Tony Wetherall and Elders Kangaroo Island livestock manager Greg Downing.

Hanookra sires draw in solid bidding on KI

THERE was full clearance of 37 Border Leicester sires at the Willmott family’s Hanookra auction on Kangaroo Island on Friday.

Rodney and Tracey Willmott relocated their stud to Lucindale more than a decade ago, but have continued to service their KI clients.

Prices were up on the Border Leicesters, with the $2200 top a $400 rise on 2016’s sale, and the average of $1325 up $314.

Elders KI livestock manager Greg Downing said there were some exceptionally presented Border Leicester and Poll Merino rams offered by the Willmotts.

“First on offer were the Border Leicesters, which attracted some competitive buying from new buyers, as well as regular purchasers,” he said.

“These rams are designed and built for this country and have qualities that are good for meat and wool.”

Return client Andrew Stewart, Stewartdale Pty Ltd, Naracoorte, paid the top price of $2200 on the Border Leicesters. Mr Stewart has been buying Poll Merinos from Hanookra for the past four years and Border Leicesters for the past two years.

“With the Merinos, they’ve got nice, bright, white wool and good frames,” he said.

“With the Border Leicesters, I’m chasing lambs with positive figures.”

Mr Downing said the Poll Merinos were in exceptional condition with an average micron of 20.3. Overall, 29 Poll Merinos sold from 34 offered, averaging $934, with Mr Stewart also paying the top price of $1500 on the Poll Merinos.

Elders conducted the sale.