Horsham Show and Sale in 26th year

Horsham Show and Sale in 26th year


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ONE of the industry’s most successful Border Leicester show and sales will be held again this year, in just under two week’s time.

ONE of the industry’s most successful Border Leicester show and sales will be held again this year, in just under two weeks time.

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The Horsham Border Leicester Show and Sale, in its 26th year, will be held at the Horsham Showgrounds on Monday, November 7.

Chairman of the organising committee Ian Baker, who is the stud principal at Geraldine Border Leicesters, Clydebank, said he was hoping for another successful show and sale.

“With current lamb prices, first-cross sales are very strong,” Mr Baker said.

“I don’t see why this year shouldn’t be another exceptional year.”

There will be 13 studs taking part in the show and sale, including Geraldine, Ellingerrin, Blackgate, Deepdene, Wattle Farm, Hewitt, Pina, Bindaree, Jackson, Glenlee Park, Bauer, Morton and Chandivan.

Mr Baker said the sale will be a good opportunity for studs to invest in a good sire.

“They’ll be able to pick a sire that will do a lot of good for their stud,” he said.

At last year’s sale, the top-priced ram was purchased at $9750, av $4677, which blitzed the average from the year before by $1677.

The clearance rate was also improved, with 24 of 33 rams selling, making a 72pc clearance, compared to 69pc in 2014.

The top-priced ram was offered by Mr Baker’s stud, which was purchased by fellow Gippsland breeders Garry and Kaye Davidson, Lucas Creek Border Leicesters, Bairnsdale.

The second top-priced ram was another Geraldine ram, which sold for $9000 to Martin and Kirsty Harvey, Paxton Border Leicesters, Bordertown, SA.

Ewes were offered for the first time last year, with two single lots and four pens of three.

All ewes sold for $400 each, with one lost passed in within a pen of three.

There will be 47 Border Leicesters on offer at the sale, including 41 stud rams and six stud ewes.

The show commences at 10:30am, and will be judged by Ian Gilmore, Oberon, NSW.

The sale commences at 1:00pm, and will be conducted by Landmark and Elders.

2015 SALE-TOPPER: Michael Capes, Wyndham Livestock, Bairnsdale, with last year's top-priced buyer, Garry Davidson, Lucas Creek, Bairnsdale,and Ian Baker, Geraldine.

2015 SALE-TOPPER: Michael Capes, Wyndham Livestock, Bairnsdale, with last year's top-priced buyer, Garry Davidson, Lucas Creek, Bairnsdale,and Ian Baker, Geraldine.

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