Poll Dorset rams to $6750 online

Poll Dorset rams to $6750 online

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The Australasian Dorset Championships were held as a sale only and online this year.

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*19 of 47 rams sold to $6750, av $3500

*2 of 2 ewes sold to $800, av $800

Poll Dorset rams sold to a top of of $6750 and averaged $3500 at the 2020 Australasian Dorset Championships.

For the first time the event was held online via the AuctionsPlus platform.

Sale organiser, Robert Grieves said that due to the coronavirus restrictions it was decided to conduct the sale online, while cancelling the show part of the annual event.

He said that the organisation decided to open up the sale to all registered Poll Dorset breeders in Australia.

"We got entries from studs who had never been involved at the Australasian before," he said.

"It's put their studs out there and what sheep they have.

'We're glad we got up to that level of entries."

Top lot at $6750 was Rangeview 190007 offered by the Milroy family, Rangeview stud, Pipers Rivers, Tasmania, and was purchased by Janmac Pastoral Co, Goroke,

The June 2019-drop ram was described by the vendor as a "powerful ram with a fantastic Dorset head, depth of body and dense wool".

Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) figures for the top priced ram included weaning weight of +10 kilograms, post-weaning eye muscle depth (PEMD) of +0.6, post weaning weight (PWT) of +15kg, post-weaning fat depth (PFAT) of -0.7 and a terminal carcase production (TCP) of 128.4.

The same buyer paid $6000 for a ram from Paul Day, Faraday Park, Penguin, Tasmania.

The ram was described as having "a great depth of body and hindquarters".

It had figures for WWT of 9.8, PWT of 14.6, PEMD of 0.5 and TCP of 126.2.

Faraday also sold lot 17 that made $5250 and was bought by RA & JC Batters, Sutherland.

The ram had been used in the stud as a ram lamb. It had figures of 11 for WWT, 16.6 PWT, 0.6 PEMD and a TCP of 129.7.

The Faraday stud also sold two late May 2019 drop ewes for $800 each.

The Douglas family, Abelene Park, Woolomin, NSW, offered and sold three rams to a top of $6000 and averaged $4416.

The $6000 ram was lot two which was purchased account Ryan, Yeoval, NSW.

Lot two was a late August-drop ram with a WWT of 6.4, PWT of 9, PEMD of 0.7 and TCP of 124.6.

They also sold lot one for $4250. The August-drop ram was born and reared as a twin. and had a WWT of 7.2 PWT of 10.6 and PEMD of 0.8. The ram was purchased for a Holman Tolmie, Cootamundra, NSW, account.

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