YANTA stud achieved a near total clearance during its ram sale at Tumby Bay recently, with 101 of the 102 White Suffolk and Poll Merinos offered sold and both increasing in average.
Yanta stud principal Don Baillie said it was a difficult season to prepare the rams; one of the worst he had experienced in his 50 years of farming.
Although a little lighter than average in weight due to the conditions, he was pleased with the offering’s overall appearance.
Wool cut, growth rate and nourishment were traits strongly featured in the sale rams.
All the White Suffolks sold, with many having Carcase Plus Index figures of more than 200 and high post-weaning weight and PW eye muscle depth.
White Suffolks sold to $2600 twice, the buyers being R Proude, Coomunga and G Telfer, Ungarra.
The sires of these rams were Ashmore 181 and Farrer 188.
White Suffolk volume buyers were Lymn Farms, Wudinna, and Wilkatana Station with seven each, while RM&EE Telfer, Ungarra, and Coronary Park, Naracoorte, bought six each.
The top price Poll Merino sold for $3100 to Anthony and Mathew Carr, Lipson, who bought four rams in total.
Other buyers included J&S Richardson, Tumby Bay, with nine and PG&FAB Carey, Minnipa, with six.
The sale was conducted by Elders, with auctioneer Tony Wetherall, who said “a good, even and well-presented lineup of Poll Merino and White Suffolk rams were offered with strong competition throughout the sale”.
“The depth of quality of both breeds is a reflection of the proven genetics that Yanta introduce into their stud every year in pursuit of breeding high performance rams for their commercial clients,” he said.
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