Shane Foster, Boonaroo Angus, Casterton, with his top-priced East Friesian Border Leicester cross ram, that he snapped up at $2800.

Haven Park tops $2800

HAVEN Park has had success at their seventh annual on-property ram sale that was held in Wando Vale last week.

Of the 64 Border Leicester and East Friesian Border Leicester cross rams on offer, 63 sold, to a top price of $2800, up $300 on last year, av $1544, up $138.

Of the 96 Poll Dorset rams on offer, 89 sold, to a top of $1700, av $896, up $91 on last year.

The top-priced East Friesian/Border Leicester ram went to Shane and Jodie Foster, Boonaroo Angus, Casterton.

Mr and Mrs Foster breed White Suffolk rams, which they use as terminal sires over their flock of commercial East Friesian, Corriedale, and White Suffolk ewes, to produce export weight sucker lambs.

Mrs Foster said the top-priced ram had very good wool type and character.

“We liked that it had a black nose and feet, as we’re hoping to put more black pigment into our flock,” Mrs Foster said.

She said they’d been buying from Haven Park for many years, and had received great results, particularly in fertility.

“They’re good, honest, structurally sound rams,” she said.

Winderadeen Corporation, Collector, NSW, took home 19 EF/BL rams at the sale, while McGuinty Family Trust took home 10.

The top-priced Poll Dorset ram was snapped up by Russel Troeth, Coleraine, who bought a total of five rams on the day.

McGuinty Family Trust purchased eight Poll Dorset rams, to add to their purchases of East Friesian/Border Leicesters.

Stud principal Rick Foster said he was “really happy” with the result of the sale.

“It well exceeded our expectations,” Mr Foster said.

He said there were a lot of return buyers for the Poll Dorset rams, as well as a developing clientele of buyers for the East Friesian/Border Leicester rams, who were only introduced into the stud four years ago.

“We’re starting to get a good base of clients who’ve been following what we’ve been doing for a while now,” he said.

He said the rams are well suited to a variety of different environments.

“We’ve got a variety of clients doing lots of different things, operating different sorts of enterprises,” he said.