Hamilton Run's Dohne ram makes new world record price

Hamilton Run's Dohne ram makes new world record price


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Hamilton Run's dohne ram, HR160121, has been sold across the border to Victorian-based stud Koonik, for a new Dohne world record price of $35,000.

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QUALITY SIRE: Hamilton Run Dohne stud principal Greg Andrews and Nicole Luckraft, sold HR160121 for $35,000 to buyers Darren and Fiona Cameron, Nurcoung, Vic.

QUALITY SIRE: Hamilton Run Dohne stud principal Greg Andrews and Nicole Luckraft, sold HR160121 for $35,000 to buyers Darren and Fiona Cameron, Nurcoung, Vic.

Hamilton Run's Dohne ram, HR160121, has been sold across the border to Victorian-based stud Koonik, for a new Dohne world record price of $35,000.

The record-breaking ram was sashed supreme champion at last years Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo and "stood out" to Koonik stud principals Fiona and Darren Cameron, Nurcoung, Vic.

The two-year-old ram weighed 145 kilograms and was sired by HR130004, which sold privately to a Chilean stud in South America for $20,000, while its grandfather, HR100046, sold to Eagle Ridge stud, Cowell, for $10,000.

Its Australian Sheep Breeding Values were 160.1 on the Dohne index, 4.5 for yearling weight and 12.5 for yearling clean fleece weight.

It had 42.6-millimetre eye muscle depth and fat depth of 5.5mm.

It has fleece measurements of 16.1 micron, with 3.1 standard deviation, 19.1 co-efficient of variation and 99.4 per cent comfort factor.

The Cameron's bought Hamilton Run Dohne stud after securing most of the stud's genetics at its dispersal sale last year.

They bought 224 Dohne ewes, including 88 ewe lambs and four ram lambs, three sired by HR160121 and another by the record price ram's father.

Mrs Cameron said Koonik and Hamilton Run studs will operate side-by-side, as separate entities.

"We plan to maintain the integrity of the Hamilton Run Dohne stud and continue its top breeding line," she said.

"It was clearly the best Dohne ram in Australia when we saw it at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show last year and the judges said it was a 'super example of a Dohne'.

"It has structure, carcase and top wool quality."

Mrs Cameron said it was "perfect timing" to acquire Hamilton Run's Dohne stud.

"We were already looking to increase our stud numbers and Hamilton Run Dohne's were the closest to our stud's genetics that we had ever seen," she said.

"We had travelled to most states looking for suitable genetics."

Progeny of HR160121 will be available at a multi-vendor ram sale in August next year at Mount Pleasant.

Hamilton Run stud principal Greg Andrews said the top sire would help "take stud breeders to the next level".

"It had a fair bit of breeding behind it that is why I believe it made a record price," he said.

The top sire's first drop were sold at six months old for $60,000 to multiple studs.

"It was one of the most even lines of lambs I have seen," he said.

"In my opinion its a fault-free ram."

Mr Andrews said HR160121 had width through the brisket and a "tremendous back end".

"It had a strong structure and carried quality, bold medium wool," he said.

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