Buyers from four states competed actively for the great offering of 312 Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Suffolk rams at the Prentice family’s 20th anniversary Kurralea on-property sale, Ariah Park, NSW last Tuesday (26th September).
Consequently, the result saw another total clearance, topping at $18,000 and averaging $1605. The average was up $178 and the top was up $5000 on last year, but because of the season rapidly deteriorating in the region through lack of late winter/spring rain the Prentice family offered 48 fewer rams than they did during the very wet 2016 sale period.
Following great success at the Adelaide Show early in September, and more recently at the Melbourne Royal, which was completed less than two days before the sale where they were most successful White Suffolk exhibitor and most successful Poll Dorset ram exhibitor, a predictable increase in stud ram demand eventuated. Four Poll Dorset rams, plus one White Suffolk all exceeded $10,000.
It was the fourth ram offered in the opening Poll Dorset stud ram draft that topped the sale at $18,000. This was Kurralea 160165 Twin that was champion ram at Adelaide Royal this year. Backing his judgment, it was Adelaide judge, Tim Ferguson, Mallee Park stud, Hopetoun who was the winning bidder. Buying through Landmark Birchip, he bid on the phone to get the ram that had impressed him so much. With outstanding phenotype, its balanced Lambplan figures were just as impressive, including 17.4 Pwwt, -1.1 Pfat, 1.0 Pemd, culminating in a Carcase Plus index of 205.
Its twin brother and winning pair mate from Adelaide sold one lot later for $11,000, going to Mary Burzacott and Michael Emerey, Mulgundawa stud, via Kingston in SA. They later added another ram by the same sire, Kurralea 130068, for $2750.
Charles Rowett, bidding for his parents, Clayton and Andrea Rowett, Ulandi Park stud, Marrabel, SA was the purchaser of the next ram offered, Kurralea 160234, sired by Aberdeen 140757 for the sale’s second top price of $15,000. This ram was the first prize winner in the May drop class at both Adelaide and Melbourne Royals and went on to also be Reserve Senior Champion at Melbourne. Beautifully balanced and very structurally correct, the Rowetts had their eye on the ram after first seeing it at Adelaide. With a Pwwt EBV of +16.4 and C+ index of 200, its genotype was just as impressive as its visual excellence.
The Hausler family, Janmac stud, Goroke, Vic took a 25% semen share in this ram, then solely purchased Kurralea 160435, the Adelaide Reserve Champion ram for $12,000. Tremendously powerful and with outstanding muscling, including an EBV of 2.1, this top son of Warburn 140097 created a lot of pre-sale interest.
Sammon Bros, Bungeet, Vic went to $8000 on the 140kg sale opener, K160139 and then added K160053 for $5000 to be prominent on the buying list, while Keith Ladyman & Jill Clarke, Dumbledee stud, Katanning, WA and D & L Banks, Mt Mercer, Vic both outlaid $6000 for top rams early in the sale.
Ballantyne Ag, Millicent, SA; Mt Hercules Pastoral Co, Wallendbeen, NSW; and Bowen Partnership, Yoeval, NSW all purchased two Poll Dorset stud rams each in the high value range of $2500 to $3500. The 26 catalogued Poll Dorset stud rams averaged a very credible $5010.
In the White Suffolk stud ram offering, value buying was more the norm, but one ram stood out above the others in price. Kurralea 160182 at 137kg impressed many, selling for $11,000 to a syndicate, headed by Andrew Hiscock, Brurob, Kilmore, Vic with the Donnan family, Anden stud, Woomelang, Vic a semen partner. With a Pwwt of 17.5, Pf...
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