LAST week saw Murray Rogerson of Stirling Dohnes hold his 8th annual on-property sale at Glenthompson. The sale saw 45 rams sell to a high price of $2700 and an average of $1140. While the top price rose by $800 the average dropped slightly to that of last year.
The top price ram was eventually found in lot 57- ST160285, after spirited bidding and being knocked down to Stan, Judy, Jason and Luke Ellis of West Wail Dohnes, Pimpino.
"We purchased this ram for his bold character and nice white wool. We were looking for a ram with wool micron between 18-19 and this ram fits that.” Mr Ellis said. West Wail Dohnes went home with two rams.”
The second top priced ram, Lot 55- ST160296 sold for $2500 to Brett Gleeson, “Killoran”, North Hamilton, Tasmania. “This ram is very sound with nice free growing wool on his back.” Mr Gleeson said.
Mr Gleeson attended the sale for the first time with his manager Bernard McGlashan and AWN agent Tony Bradford. They are repeat buyers of the Stirling genetics, usually buying at the muti-vendor sale in Tas.
“We continue to buy the Stirling genetics for their uniformity of body, good wool on good bodies and sound constitution and conformation,” Mr McGlashan said.
“These sheep do well in our climates of the Derwent Valley.
“Their wool also sells well at market through AWN.”
Killoran purchased a total of seven rams on the day to average $1700. Murray Rogerson said he was very pleased with the sale outcome considering there was added number of rams while missing some key clients.
“I believe clients are defiantly selecting the sheep wit better wool and feet. However I think the wean ratio is a big thing clients are starting to look at. As the ASBVs are pushing bigger framed rams while the wean ratio will help to decrease the frame and not everyone wants to work with larger framed sheep,” Mr Rogerson said
One client that I spoke to in regards to this, Matthew Robertson, Kingston, S.A, totally agrees with that as he said “I want sheep that produce more lambs while staying in the medium frame bracket, therefore I base my purchases of wean ratio.
Landmark Auctioneer, Andrew Sloane said it was another very strong sale despite not having a couple of volume buyers from Tasmania.
“More rams were offered with close to the same clearance as last year.” Mr Sloane said. “Once again Tasmania did buy quite a few rams with good support from South Australia, Gippsland and local.”
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