*47 of 66 rams sold to $2300, av $875
A DIVERSE group of buyers and spectators attended the Camlea Charollais stud sale held in Victoria for the first time.
Vendors Kevin and Gina Feakins were holding their first sale after relocating the stud to Cudgee from Glen Innes in NSW.
The sale top of $2300 was paid by Kym Staude, KD Sheep Studs, Bordertown, South Australia.
Mr Feakins said he was pleased with the sale result, particularly as it was a new breed and new region.
"Not much is known about the Charollais breed here," he said.
He said 30 to 40 people attended the sale and "some bought and some were having a look".
He said those that were looking "might not buy this year" but might lead to some private sales later on.
"It takes a bit for people to change breeds," he said.
Selling agent LMB Livestock auctioneer Bernie Grant, Hamilton, said the rams presented very well.
"They are impressive sheep, it was a good result," Mr Grant said.
He said the Charollais breed was noted for its low birth weight and high growth rates "and these sheep highlighted those traits".
He said buyers came from south-east SA, Edenhope, Bairnsdale, Birregurra, Darlington and local areas, as well as Goulburn and Finley in NSW.
Major buying support came from the Goulburn area of NSW where Landmark purchased 15 rams for two clients.
Nine rams went to a SA account who paid $2000 for one ram and $1500 for another.
The sale also offered five Charollais ewes.
Three ewes sold at $1000 each to a Landmark Bairnsdale account.
P Hurrell also paid $1000 each for two ewes.
Mr Feakins said this was the stud's 12th sale in Australia after emigrating from England where they were involved in the Charollais breed for 30 years.