Rob and Lynne McCartney and family offered 20 more Poll Dorsets at this ram sale compared to last year, and they sold particularly well, with 65 of 78 selling to $2650 and averaging an impressive $1233. This average was $40 up on last year’s result over more rams sold.
“Most of the Poll Dorset sales and been strong thanks to the good lamb market,” Mr McCartney said.
“They’re the most popular prime lamb sire because they’re quick maturing and there’s evenness in their lambs – they produce a good, consistent product.”
Once again the top-priced ram of the sale draft will go on to perform sire duties. It was sold to return buyer Glenn Rathjen, Homfeld Poll Dorset stud, Colbinabbin.
Mr McCartney said this ram, sold at lot 3, was part of their show team. He said it was by a home-bred sire and was very well structured and sound.
New buyers included the Ross family, Holbrook, NSW, who purchased the top-priced Southdown at $1350.
Mr McCartney said the ram was one of their ‘clear-faced’ Southdowns that Mr McCartney has been developing for some 25 years after buying the flock from Kevin Moore.
“We’re still breeding to those principles, so having the Southdown shape, meat quality and wool, while cleaning up their head,” Mr McCartney said.
Yentrac’s Burrumbeet sale will be on October 18. The sale was conducted by Rodwells Shepparton.