CHROME SHEEP STUDS
Total clearance of 286 Chromedales sold to $3100, av $1578
37 of 47 Perendales sold to $1600, av $1024
39 of 41 Coopworths sold to $1600 twice, av $1021
54 of 64 Icon Southies sold to $1500, av $920
57 of 55 Poll Dorsets sold to $1400 thrice, av $1064
THE eighth annual on-property sale was once again hotly contested with a strong clearance of all five breeds at the Chrome Sheep Studs’ sale at Hamilton, last Thursday.
Chrome’s Matt and Tanya Tonnissen were ecstatic with the result of a total of 471 rams sold of the 491 offering, to a top of $3000 and an overall average of $1352.
The Chromedales were the flavour of the sale for the second year, with a total clearance of 286 rams to the sale high of $3000, av $1578. This represented an extra 75 rams offered compared to 2015.
The sale average was on par with that of 2015, however there was a further 70 rams offered and sold.
Langi Kal Kal, Trawalla, purchased Lot 13 for the top price of $3000. 1803 is a rising 14 month-old twin ram with ASBVs of birth weight of 0.5 kilograms, weaning weight it 7.4kg, post weaning weight of 11.4kg with carcase measurements of post fat of -0.7 millimetres and post eye muscle of 0.2mm.
Langi Kal Kal also purchased a further three Chromedale rams including the second top priced ram to average $2700 for their four purchases.
Pete Rentsch, Malanda, Penshurst, was the volume buyer on the day taking home 30 rams, including 24 Chromedales for an $1329 av and six Icon Southies av $816, for an overall av of $1226. Pete Rentsch is a long term buyer and supporter of the Chrome enterprise, buying rams for the past seven years, making him one of their oldest clients.
“I buy these rams as they are a lot like Matt, hard working and reliable. As these rams go back into my Merino flock therefore I need fertility and growth, and that is what I get,” Pete Rentsch said.
Andrew and Jane Rentsch, Coolibah Pastoral, Penshurst, were another volume buyer on the day taking home 26 rams to top at $2000, av $1161. Coolibah Pastoral usually buys maternal sires. They have now built up their ewe numbers, so were turning to the terminal sires – hence the purchase of the 18 Icon Poll Dorset rams.
The top-priced Perendale ram was purchased by Craig and Jacinta Grant for $1600; they purchased a total of 12 rams to average $1450.
Owen Dyson got the two top-priced Coopworth rams for $1600. DJ&VB Wae Pastoral bought the top-priced Icon Southie for $1500 and the three top priced Icon Poll Dorset rams were purchased by AI&CJ Tonissen (two) and Illoura P/L.
Kerr & Co auctioneer Craig Pertzel was asked to make a comment, his only words were: “Exceptional Result, a true testament to Matt and Tanya’s hard work”.
Mr Tonnissen said his highlight of the day was the 96 per cent clearance rate of the 491 rams offered.
“For the extra 74 Chromedale rams offered and to all sell is fantastic,” Mr Tonnissen said.
“Once again it was great to see many new faces but also our repeat clients back in the stands.”
After a tough season last year, with this year becoming quite wet the prices were on par to better than those of 2015. With the Chromedales, Coopworths, Icon Southies and Poll Dorsets staying around the same av with more rams offered and the Perendales up $49 on 2015.