*10 of 10 Specially Selected Poll Dorset Rams sold to $2400, av $1895
*102 of 102 Poll Dorset Rams sold to $2000, av $1457
*21 of 21 White Suffolk Rams sold to $1500, av $1109
ENGLEWOOD Park celebrated its 40th annual production sale at Inverleigh last Wednesday and it was clearly the stud’s best ever result.
Principal Geoff Oliver welcomed the large crowd, detailing that this year’s offering was the best they had presented and the current lamb prices were exceptional. Clearly the 50 registered buyers obviously agreed, with the sale never really faltering.
The sale opened with 10 specially selected rams. These rams weighed between 124–134 kg and were all 18-month old autumn drops with the exception of lot 7 born later in mid August 2016.
The even line up of 10 well balanced rams found strong competition but it was younger spring drop ram that topped the sale at $2400. Bought by return buyer Sam Rundell, Condah, the ram carrying tag 367-16 weighed 125 kilograms and had an eye muscle area of 39.66 square centimetres
Mr Rundell a stud and commercial breeder also purchased lot 1 for $2000 with the rams destined to be used in their ram breeding program. The program supports their commercial operation that includes 1800 first cross ewes. Mr Rundell commented that he was attracted to the overall shape of the rams and figures they carried were a bonus.
John and Jennifer Turner, Mahonga Park, Rand, represented by their Paull & Scollard agent, they took a fancy to four of the selected rams including the second top priced lot 10. The 130kg ram carried the highest EMA of the selected rams at 43.66cm and fat of 9mm and sold for $2350.
Moving to the flock rams offered in a pen of three, all rams carried stock scanned figures and a relative ranking to their peers in the sale. The ranking seemed to carry some weight with the top ranking flock ram selling for a top of $2000 to Warwick Doolan, Woodville Poll Dorsets, Finley.
The sale was bolstered by a couple of first time buyers but strength of the overall sale was a result of the strong repeat volume buyers. Swan Hill BR & C agent John Sawyer took home 28 rams for three Northern clients all of whom were keen to get the rams home and put straight to use.
Other volume buyers included G & J Mitchell who along with locals JT & JA Derham bought 10 rams each, with the Geelong Lime partnership buying 9 rams
Demand for the Englewood White Suffolk’s also improved with all 21 rams sold to a top $1500 and average $1109.