Offered 81 84
Sold 53 39
Top $5500 $4000
Av $1780 $1477
AT ARDENE'S first on-property auction at Mount Torrens since relocating from Vic, Bruce and Jannie Hodgson achieved an increase in the top and average price of their Australian White offering, while also improving their clearance rate.
At Friday's sale, 31 registered bidders competed on 10 stud rams, which all sold to $5500 and averaged $3550, and 71 flock rams, with 43 sold to $2400, averaging $1369. Ardene also offered 21 stud ewes, with 11 selling to $3000, averaging $1881.
The top price was paid for lot 24, an April 2018-drop ram weighing 111 kilograms.
It was knocked down to the Highveld stud, Condoblin, NSW, which was operating via phone through Richard Hentschke, Elders Mount Pleasant.
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Mr Hentschke said Highveld liked the ram's correct structure, frame and muscling. Highveld also secured a second stud ram for $3000.
DJ,KS,AR&DA Hale, Tantanoola, bought four ewes including the $3000 top price ewe at lot one. This ewe was part of Ardene's champion interbreed group at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo, Vic, in July. The Hales also took home two rams, paying to $4000.
Allan Hale liked the Australian White sheep for their shedding ability, weight gain and hybrid vigour.
It was great to see such a large crowd showing interest in the breed.
Volume buyers included Leridan Farms, Goulborn, NSW, with five rams to $3000 twice, averaging $2300, Mills Farming, Kingscote, with four rams to $4500, averaging $2875, KA Campbell & Family, Tumby Bay, four to $1600, averaging $1500 and Bill Drew, Appila, four to $1600, averaging $1300.
Landmark auctioneer Richard Miller said the sale attracted a large gallery of bidders and onlookers.
"There was strong competition on all types - stud ewes, stud rams and flock rams selling to a large range of areas and climates," Mr Miller said.
Ardene principal Bruce Hodgson described their result as "phenomenal".
"It was great to see such a large crowd showing interest in the breed," he said.
"There were a large number of new clients."
The sale was conducted by Landmark Fawcett.
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