Offered 150 105
Sold 127 102
Top $2200(x8) $6000
Av $1248 $1443
BUYERS from across the state capitalised on the increased offering of rams at Glencorrie Border Leicester stud's 10th annual on-property auction at Sandilands on Friday, with 25 more rams clearing in comparison to last year.
In the breakdown, 127 rams sold of 150 offered, topping at $2200 and averaging $1248.
Lot 2 was knocked down for $5000 - the reserve price for lots one to four - but the ram was later withdrawn from the sale.
The top price of $2200 was achieved eight times, with RS Tregoweth, Lucindale, securing six of the sale-toppers, as well as three others, averaging $2100 overall.
The first ram knocked down for $2200 was lot 6, a twin ram featuring Lambplan figures of 7.3 for weaning weight, 11.1 for post weaning weight, the second-highest in the catalogue, -0.4PW fat and a 141.4 ranking on the Maternal $ index.
Stud principal Craig Graham was "more than happy" with the sale result.
"The sale started off well, but dry conditions affected things a fair bit, we ran out of buyers towards the end, but we're still very happy with how it went," he said.
Twenty-five of 26 registered buyers made purchases, and Mr Graham said the rams met the needs of his clients - many of whom came from Kangaroo Island.
"On the island, the rams need to be able to handle the wet conditions, so they need to have that fat cover and hold their weight," he said.
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New buyers GJ&SK Honner, Maitland, secured 35 rams to $1000, averaging $817, with bidding carried out by Tony Clarke, Wardle Co, while Munduney Station, Spalding, secured 18 rams to $2000, averaging $1556, in its second year at the sale.
Roseville Farming, Curramulka, secured 10 rams to $1200, averaging $1000.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark, with Elders' Damien Webb and Tom Penna on the rostrum.
Mr Penna said the catalogue was even, and "kept its depth all the way through".
"The Grahams have genuine livestock skills - while they use their data, they have a very good eye for stock, and you could see that through the catalogue," he said.
"The rams had excellent growth for age, and good shape, wool type, correctness and conformation. You get that when people know sheep."
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