CHROME SHEEP STUDS
*325 of 330 Chromedales sold to $3700 twice, av $1861
*Total clearance of 41 Perendales sold to $2800, av $1722
*44 of 52 Coopworths sold to $2100, av $1298
*Total clearance of 69 Icon Southies sold to $1800, av $1322
*Total clearance of 71 Poll Dorsets sold to $1600 six times, av $1187
IT MAY have been a cold, damp and drab day at Chrome’s ninth annual sale last week but inside the shed the prices remained hot with a fantastic 97 per cent clearance over all five breeds to achieve a great average of $1651.
The Chromedales where once again the flavour of the sale with 325 rams selling from the 330 offered to an averege of $1861, this average is up nearly $300 on last years average with a further 44 rams offered.
The top priced lots were also found in the Chromedales with Lot 1 and Lot 3 fetching the top price of $3700.
Both these rams were purchased by Antony Baillieu, Yarram Park, Willaura. Lot 1- 2549 is a rising 14 month-old triplet ram with ASBVs of birth weight of 0.6 kilograms, weaning weight of 8.8kg, post weaning weight of 12.4kg with carcase measurements of post fat of -1.1 millimetres and post eye muscle of 0.7mm.
While Lot 3- 1065 a rising 15 month-old ET ram has ASBVs of birth weight of 0.7kg, weaning weight of 8.4kg, post weaning weight of 12.7kg with carcase measurements of post fat of -0.3mm and post eye muscle of 1.0mm.
“We believe that Chrome breed similar sheep to that of Yarram Park therefore we come here looking for our next Stud Sire for our operation, we pick out what we think are the elite rams”. Mr Baillieu said.
“We have chosen these two lots for their weaning weights and fertility, as that is what we are chasing.
If you look at these rams they have great figures and their structure and constitution is right.
The composite world is growing and we need to start using each other's genetics due to now not being able to utilise NZ,” Mr Baillieu said.
Yarram Park purchased a total of six rams to average $3533.
Another notable buyer of the Chromedales was, Langi Kal Kal, Trawalla, purchasing nine rams to average $2833.
“This is the first year we have purchased all maternal rams, we usually use two thirds maternals and one third terminals. But our Chrome maternals have proved themselves so we now only purchase them as they do the job that we ask of the. The maternal ewes are weaning 10pc more lambs than the terminal sired lambs,” Matt Menhennet said.
Pete Rentsch, Malanda, Penshurst, was again the volume buyer on the day taking home 24 rams, including eight Chromedales for an $1212 av, five Perendales to av $1580 and 11 Coopworths to av $1281, for an overall av of $1320.
Pete Rentsch is a long term buyer and supporter of the Chrome enterprise, buying rams for the past eight years, making him one of their oldest clients.
“Our highlights are underpinned by a number of repeat buyers, which has been the case for years while picking up new clients to cover the extra rams we offer,” Chrome’s Matt Tonissen said.
“One big highlight is our clearance rate, to achieve 98pc over that number of rams is exceptional, this highlights what the rams are doing.”
Craig Pertzel, Kerr & Co, said it was probably the best sale he has ever been associated with.