Jenny and Paul O'Sullivan, Malabar Farm, Tarwin Lower, with some of the eight rams they purchased at Ivadene Poll Dorsets, Greta. They are pictured with stud principal Leigh Hartwig, who was incredibly happy with the sale.

Ivadene sells to $2700 at first public auction

LOCAL repeat buyers have come to snap up 100 of the 122 Poll Dorset rams on sale at Ivadene Poll Dorsets’ first public ram sale recently.

After selling privately for numerous years, stud principal Leigh Hartwig said it was a great sale.

“We didn’t advertise the sale, it was by invitation only, so we were really happy with the turnout, and the overall result of the sale,” Mr Hartwig said.

The sale average was $1278, while the top-priced ram was purchased at $2700, by Dale West, Kilcoolin Pastoral Co, Euroa.

Mr Hartwig said the ram was “the full package”, with a “huge, muscley body”.

The ram had a birth weight of 0.43kg, a weaning weight of 8.56kg, and a post-weaning weight of 14.45kg.

The only first-time buyers of the day, Paul and Jenny O’Sullivan, Malabar Farm, Tarwin Lower, purchased eight rams at the sale.

Mr Hartwig said Paul and Jenny targeted rams which showed up prominently on Lambplan’s new Ram Select app.

He said his rams have received incredible Lambplan statistics.

“In all the terminal sire breeds, our rams are 80pc above the national average for muscle,” he said.

“They’re also 20pc above the national average for growth.”

Mr Hartwig said his repeat buyers were returning because they’d received great results in the past.

“I do a lot of research to see what happens to the rams after you sell them, and a lot of our rams really hold their figures,” he said.

“They produce lambs that are robust, with a lot of meat in their rear end.”

He said buyers had come locally, from Wangaratta to Euroa.

David Welsh, Landmark Benalla, said the ram sale went extremely well, particularly given it was by invite only.

The sale was conducted by Landmark Benalla at the Benalla saleyards, by helmsman auction.