Collandra North tops at $3800

Collandra North tops at $3800

Sheep
Elders Tumby Bay agent Braden Southern, Ian Kelsh, Streaky Bay, Elders Streaky Bay branch manager Darryl Johnson, Collandra North principal Sydney Lawrie, SAL Tumby Bay livestock agent Colin McFarlane and Kevin Brands, Kartoona Pastoral, Minnipa.

Elders Tumby Bay agent Braden Southern, Ian Kelsh, Streaky Bay, Elders Streaky Bay branch manager Darryl Johnson, Collandra North principal Sydney Lawrie, SAL Tumby Bay livestock agent Colin McFarlane and Kevin Brands, Kartoona Pastoral, Minnipa.

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RETURN client Kevin Brands, Kartoona Pastoral, Minnipa, bought the top price ram at the Collandra North Poll Merino sale at Tumby Bay on Wednesday.

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RETURN client Kevin Brands, Kartoona Pastoral, Minnipa, bought the top price ram at the Collandra North Poll Merino sale at Tumby Bay on Wednesday for $3800.

Overall, there were 119 rams sold out of 125 offered at the sale, for an average of $1737.

The top price ram weighed 110 kilograms and it had 19.8 micron fleece, with 2.9 standard deviation, 14.6 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.

Mr Brands has been buying from Collandra North for the past six years.

He said the ram stood out to him because of the depth of its barrel.

“It’s also well-covered with bright, white, nourished wool,” he said.

Mr Brands said Collandra North sheep adapted well to his country at Minnipa.

“They’re breeding well, so that’s why I keep coming back,” he said.

Volume buyers were AE Clarke & Sons, Cradock, with 20 rams averaging $1000 and Stephen McKeough, Dawson, with 11 averaging $1409.

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