Ramsay Park stud's on-property sale at Minlaton on Friday last week offered a line-up of high-muscling sires that were suited for stud and commercial operations, after the $2600 White Suffolk top price rams were sold to local stud, Balmar White Suffolks.
The White Suffolk line-up offered 81 rams, with 65 selling to a $2600 top price twice, helping Ramsay Park to a $1293 sale average.
The $2600 top price rams were sold to first-time buyer from Balmar stud, Brendan Ebsary, Bute.
The first ram under the hammer, a son of Somerset 160067, had a post weaning weight of 16.8, 0.1 for fat, 3.0 eye muscle depth and ranked 215 on the Carcase Plus Index.
The other $2600 ram was a son from the same sire and measured a 17.0 PWWT, 0.2 fat, 3.3 EMD and 220 Carcase Plus figure.
Mr Ebsary said the rams ranked in the top 20 per cent for weaning weight and post weaning weight figures across all terminal sires.
"I was looking for high growth figures but also high eye muscle depth and fat figures too," he said.
"The sires excelled in the meat department and its not easy to find a sires with positive fat figures."
Mr Ebsary also said the traits would compliment the stud's large-framed sheep.
"We breed a large White Suffolk so we want to maintain and keep building muscle," he said.
Mr Ebsary secured another ram at $1500, averaging $2233 across the three.
The $2500 second-highest price ram was sold to PJ&MA Thompson, Yorketown.
The ram was sashed surpreme champion at the Kadina Annual Show in August and measured an 18.8 PWWT, -0.3 fat, 2.3 EMD and had a 218 Carcase Plus figure.
The Thompsons secured five rams in total, averaging $1720.
Kreig Farming, Minlaton, secured a draft of five White Suffolk rams to $1400, averaging $1160.
HG Thompson & Sons, Yorketown, bought three rams to $1400, averaging $1166.
Ramsay Park stud principal Peter Button said the stud's regular buyers helped boost bidding competition.
"The rams sold to a good price and we even offered a larger line-up this year," he said.
"The top three rams were difficult to separate and it was great a stud snapped two up."
The Suffolk offering averaged $811 after 9 sold from 11 offered to a top of $1200.
The top price Suffolk ram was sold to Peter Stockman, Burra.
It was sired by Glencraig 121038 and measured a 12.4 PWWT, -0.5 fat, 0.7 EMD and 172 Carcase Plus Index.
Mr Stockman secured a further 10 White Suffolk and Suffolk rams, averaging $1345 across the 11.
In the black composite line-up, 18 sires were offered with 14 sold to a $1200 top price, averaging $785.
The $1200 top price ram was sold to RB&RDE Schmidt, Yorketown.
A son of Glencraig 150403, it measured post weaning values of 11.9 weight, -0.4 fat, 0.3 EMD and a 162 Carcase Plus Index figure.
Steve Kuhl, Mount Gambier, secured a draft of six rams to $1000, averaging $816.
The sale was conducted by Elders Minlaton with Elders stud stock's Tony Wetherall and Landmark stud stock's Richard Miller sharing the auctioneering duties.
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