*98 of 113 rams were sold to $3000, av $1047
BUYERS both online and in person spent up at the annual Gemini White Suffolk summer sale last week, which saw good clearance results but a lower average than expected.
The stud offered 103 flock rams and 10 specially-selected rams, which sold to averages of $977 and $1640 respectively.
The top-priced ram was sold for $3000 and was bought by Induro White Suffolk stud, Wakool, NSW.
Buyer Guy Treweek said the ram would be a good addition to the stud.
"He's a completely different style of ram to those we've used before," he said.
"But his great growth, good length and structural correctness are exactly what we need."
Gemini stud principal Craig Mitchell said about 40 more rams were offered compared to last year.
"I was very happy, they averaged 84 kilograms, so topped at 95kg in weight," he said.
"So for seven-month-old lambs they were in good working condition... I was rapt with that."
Most rams were sold to return buyers, he said.
"It was a great opportunity for commercial producers to get top quality rams at really good value," he said.
"Last year it averaged over $1800, this year it was $1050 - that's a considerable change.
"I haven't sat down and analysed it all, I don't know whether our prices have probably been a little bit above the market that might be worrying a few people but I'm not entirely sure.
"You also get the odd sale where people just don't need rams too."
GTSM livestock manager Michael Glasser was surprised the results were not stronger given the quality of the rams.
"I was a bit stunned," he said.
"I just thought the presentation of the sheep and the data and the information, I thought they could have commanded certainly a better average.
"It was probably on a rotation of years when some of his bigger clients just didn't need rams.
"People had bought very heavily in the last two or three sales and they were just at the point where they didn't need rams."
Gemini again offered a ram with all proceeds of the sale going to the Inverleigh Good Friday Appeal.
This year's ram sold for $1500, taking the total donated by Gemini to the appeal to over $10,000.