LOCAL LOT: Landmark's Noel Evans and auctioneer Richard Miller (on rostrum), Elders' Steven Doecke and Tanya Edson with Brad Edson (holding the $5200 top price ram) and buyer Shayne Hovey, Lowan Vale.

Clean shedder from Red Rock hits $5200

BUYERS stood strong for Red Rock Hercules, ensuring the ram made the $5200 top price at the stud’s annual on-property sale, held in conjunction with Edson Livestock, on Friday at Keith.

The April 2016-drop – lot 4 – was one of the heaviest in the catalogue at 105 kilograms and was sired by Australis 133190 and out of an embryo transfer-bred Red Rock ewe.

Shayne Hovey, Lowan Vale, outlasted strong competition to buy the sale-topper, which had a 39-square centimetre eye muscle area and a fat depth of 7 millimetres.

“It has a low birthweight and is a good clean shedder, so will put some good traits through my stock,” Mr Hovey said.

It was one of many highlights in the free-flowing bidding that saw 20 more rams sold than 2016’s sale.

The average of both breeds lifted.

In the breakdown Brad and Tanya Edson, Red Rock stud, sold 77 of 79 White Dorpers for a $1299 average while Pat Edson, Edson Livestock, sold 14 of 23 Dorper rams to $1500 for a $986 average.

The result showed Dorpers remain in favour for their easy-care attributes and market flexibility.

Many of the 23 registered bidders from across SA and Vic had volume orders.

Bill Crettenden Property Trust, Cummins, was strong on the top end of the White Dorpers securing 10 rams averaging $1780.

Empire Farm Trust, Naracoorte, bought 10 rams averaging $950 and long-time supporters Peter and Jill Rundle, Lameroo, took home seven rams for a $1186 average.

DA&MJ Arbon, Karoonda, also secured seven rams averaging $1300.

The $1500 top price Dorper, Edson Black 160313, was snapped up by JVH Brougham through FP Ag, Strathalbyn.

The 101 kilogram ram – lot 91 –  had a 39.5EMA and 8mm fat depth at scanning.

JE&LR Pitt, Moorlands, bought three Dorper rams at $800 each.

They also bought four White Dorpers, including an AI-bred son of Matchless F489, for $2600.

The on-property sale was interfaced with AuctionsPlus which provided plenty of the action.

The online bidding platform bought 13 White Dorpers to $1600 and a Dorper ram at $1200.

Tanya Edson was pleased with the solid bidding throughout the sale and said it reflected the depth of quality in the catalogue.

All of the rams weighed 80 kilograms or more despite little supplementary feeding other than some hay.

“We are concentrating on an early-maturing carcase animal with depth of body, length and reasonable shedding,” she said.  

Tanya said it was pleasing to see plenty of repeat buyers but also draw a couple of new ones from Horsham, Vic.

Elders Keith branch manager and auctioneer Steven Doecke said the rams were “soft skinned” with long bodies and good structure.

“They are rams which are good for the industry, producing fertile breeders but still plenty of muscle for those selling lambs,” Mr Doecke said.

Red Rock recently expanded into Dorpers, paying the $11,500 top price at the Dorper National Show & Sale in Dubbo, NSW,  for Type 5 ram Dell Dip Stick as one of its foundation sires.

Elders and Landmark were joint selling agents with Steven Doecke and Richard Miller the auctioneers.