Ram sales strong trend
A widespread good season and decent commodity prices helped ram sales - both multivendor and on-property - tend to be stronger this year.
He said lamb and wool producers continued to try to buy better rams each year to improve their flocks and their final product.
“The season certainly played a role – it gave farmers hear, in general, that they can get back to producing what they want to produce,” Mr Attwell said.
He said with the season finally being more “normal” across the Eastern Seaboard, farmers and graziers had been able to start restocking. This saw people tend to buy a few more rams than they might have in recent years.
He said the mix of sheep breeds sold remained pretty stable.
Victoria’s major ram sales kicked off with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show (ASWS) Merino ram sale in July –which NSW stud Langdene, Dundedoo, topped with a $15,000 ram.
The first sale of a Borambil Poll ram achieved the equal second highest price of $10,000.
The next week, Coryule stud, Willowvale, topped the Ballarat Show ram sale at $7000.
A record average of $2785 at the Sheepvention ram sale topped off a successful event at Hamilton in early August.
Moorundie Poll Merino stud, Keith, SA, made a dazzling debut as vendors in the sale, having the $30,000 top-priced ram, which was sold to Boorana stud, Woorndoo, and Glenlea Park, Pinnaroo, SA.
Sheepvention president Gordon Last said the pen of five ram sale had a 90 per cent clearance and grossed $100,000 more than last year.
Regional breeders groups’ sales included the early September Gippsland Merino Ram Sale, which set a record clearance of 155 of 165 Merino rams and a record average of $1948.
The next week at the Australasian Dorset Championships, Bendigo, Abelene Park stud, Woolomin NSW, topped the sale at $24,000, which was $5000 more than last year’s top price.
The Elite White Suffolk and Suffolk sale, held the same day, topped at $9000 and it was the first time Aroona Park stud, Minlaton, SA, had the sale-topper.
On-property ram sales then kicked into gear, although flooding kept some potential buyers getting to some farms.
Headliner results included the Anden White Suffolks smashing the Australian auction record for any meat sheep breed ram when a ram sold for $68,000. The ram, Anden 150277Tw, had won supreme interbreed ram at Sheepvention and the Adelaide Royal Show.
At Wallaloo Park, 119 of 120 Merino and Poll Merino rams sold for an average price of $3325, up a massive $1016 from last year’s average.
Bill Walker, Classings Pty Ltd, Murray Bridge, SA, purchased the $26,000 top-priced ram on behalf WA buyer John Beasley, Frankland River Grazing, and other shareholders.
A New Zealand account bought the $10,500 top-priced ram at Rock-Bank Merino stud, Victoria Valley.
At Dell Dorpers, Moama, NSW, a White Dorper ram topped the fifth on-property sale at $10,000.
Also in southern NSW, Australian Food and Agriculture’s Wanganella and Poll Boonoke studs’ sale topped at $44,000.
Wattle Park stud, Finley, NSW, cleared all 80 White Suffolk rams marked for sale plus an additional 54 rams after the sale.
Omad stud burst onto the on-property selling calendar with a total clearance of 105 prime lamb sires (White Suffolk, White Dorper-Poll Dorset and White Suffolk-Dorper rams) and $1210 average in its inaugural sale at Kaniva.
The Charinga and Banavie sale was topped by a Banavie ram by Majestic 333 which sold for $21,000.
Janmac’s 12th annual ram sale at Goroke achieved its best ever sale result, with a total clearance of 170 Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams topping at $5600 and averaging $1248.
Nearly half the 120 rams offered by Glendemar Multi Purpose Merino – including the $10,000 sale topper – were sold to South Australian and Western Australian farmers, but others found homes in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
Glenpaen Merino stud’s 20th sale proved its best. The Brimpaen-based stud sold all 100 rams offered and then an additional 22 after the main sale. The family also achieved its highest average of $2321.
Derrynock stud, East Trentham, also hosted a successful sale to celebrate Ted Beattie’s 50 years of breeding Dorsets. Mr Beattie and son Simon had a total clearance of the 146 Poll Dorset rams, including 25 stud rams that topped at $15,000.
More than 100 people registered to buy at Detpa Grove’s White Suffolk sale and this competition saw 245 of 247 rams and ewes sold to $22,000, average $1769 and a 50pc increase in sale gross from last year.
At Stirling Dohnes’ seventh annual sale, all 50 rams sold for an average price of $1463, almost double last year’s average price.
Other mulitvendor sales held later in the season included two inaugural sales: the Bendigo Dorper and White Dorper Sale and the Australian Wiltshire Horn Association’s sale. The 12th annual Victorian Dohne Invitation Ram Sale saw three times as many rams sold compared to last year with 44 of 45 rams sold.
In his first time showing and selling, 21 year-old Will Schilling, Glenlee Park, topped the annual Border Leicester sale at Horsham with a ram sold to NSW stud Wattle Farm for $11,000.