STUD SUCCESS: Buyers Anna and Simon Greene with the top-priced ram, which sold for $3600.

Show success translates into winning sales

SHOW success has translated to stronger sales for Koonik Dohne Stud and Mitre Rock Poll Merinos, Nurcoung, which saw an total average price increase of more than $600 on last year.

Co-principal Fiona Cameron said the Dohne stud had taken out the champion junior ram, grand champion ewe and champion senior pair of rams at this year’s Bendigo Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

“We had 10 new clients and 20 repeat buyers with a number of volume buyers,” Ms Cameron said.

“We had a boomer of a year, literally, after we went to the Sheep and Wool Show.”

Sheep and Wool Show success was followed up by the national Dohne sale, Dubbo, at which the stud sold four rams into Western Australia and South Australia.

Mr Cameron said exposure at field days and shows had put the stud on the map.

“I think buyers are looking for the dual purpose sheep, but also for good quality, well nourished, white wool,” Ms Cameron said.

“It allowed us to be seen, not only by other studs, but commercial clients as well.”

The average price was up by $645 on last year’s result.

Sheep producers, Simon and Anna Greene, Karingal Pty Ltd, Elmhurst bought the top priced Dohne for $3600.

The ram, a May 2015-drop, had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of weaning weight (WWT) 4 kilograms, a post weaning weight (PWT) of 4.5kg, a yearling fat (YTFAT) of -0.6 millimetres and a yearling eye muscle depth (YEMD) of 0.6mm.

It had measured performance traits of a yearling clean fleece weight (YCFW) of 16.3 per cent and a yearling fibre diameter (YFD) of -0.7 microns.

Elders Horsham’s Andrew Adamson said heavier cutting rams were in demand.

“She had some very good wool sheep, for cut and quality,” Mr Adamson said.

The sale was conducted by Landmark and Elders.