Landmark auctioneer Tim Woodham, Wagga Wagga, top price and volume buyers Michael and David Delaney, Cowra, and Rosewood owner David Sainsbury, Rye Park.

Rosewood’s Poll Dorsets reach $1500

THE fifth on-property Rosewood and Jerradale combined ram sale at Rye Park attracted local buyers to sell 66 Poll Dorset rams of 80 offered and a $949 average.

David and Michael Delaney from JJ. Delaney and Sons, “Lachlan Valley”, Cowra, bought the top price ram for $1500. The sale topper was Rosewood 17-16, sired by the Rosewood 8-13 ram.

With a Meat Index of 1070, the ram weighed 141 kilograms and measured 95 millimeters in the eye muscle width (EMW), 46mm in eye muscle depth (EMD), 33.65 centimeters squared in the eye muscle area (EMA) and had a fat depth of 6mm. 

The Delaneys also bought the second top price ram, Rosewood 134-16, for $1450. By Rosewood 11-14, the ram weighed 130kg and measured 88mm in the EMW, 40mm EMD, 27.10cm2 EMA and had a fat depth of 5mm. 

The Delaneys took home six rams for a $1250 average. Michael Delaney said they chose their group of rams based on weaning weight and mature weight. “The biggest driver of our profitability is turning off weight as suckers, we want early maturing sheep – that is the biggest thing that pays for us,” he said. 

Rosewood owner David Sainsbury said the rams were extremely well grown this year and even all the way through. Jerradale Border Leicesters offered 40 rams that sold to a $1250 top. 

Delta Livestock and Landmark were the selling agents with Cameron Rosser and Tim Woodham as auctioneers.