THE Ultimate Dohne sale showcased some of the breeds best, dual-purpose genetics at Mount Pleasant on August 14, with a "meaty" ram helping the sale to a $3400 top.
A gallery of buyers helped dohne studs, JAG, Hahndorf, and Koonik, Horsham, Vic, who also sold Hamilton Run rams, to a $1352 sale average, after offering 80 rams.
Forty-two rams were sold from the two studs, with the $3400 top price ram being sold by Koonik, to return buyer Philip Reid, Normanville.
The 95.4-kilogram ram was sired by MD151827 and had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of a 7.4 yearling weight, 0.5 eye muscle depth and 157.4 on the Dual Purpose Plus Index.
It also had an 18.7 micron fleece that measured 99.1 per cent for comfort factor.
Mr Reid has been running dohne ewes for 10 years and has 1500 at Morgan that are joined to dohne rams and further 1500 ewes at Normanville, that are joined to crossbred rams.
These rams will be heading to the Morgan property and Mr Reid said the top price ram's balanced figures stood out in the catalogue.
"It was a nice type and its indexes were good. I was looking for a meaty ram to help produce meaty lambs and quality wool on the ewes too," he said.
The buyer secured six rams in total, from all three bloodlines, averaging $2016.
The $3000 second-highest price ram was also sold by Koonik to W&P Caldow, Edenhope, Vic, through Fox and Lillie Rural, Vic.
This ram had ASBV's of a 6.9 YWT and 0.6 for eye muscle depth with fleece measurements of 16.5M and a 100pc CF.
The same buyer bought a further four Koonik rams including one from Hamilton Run, averaging $1820 across the five.
JAG had a $2400 top price from its 26 head lineup that averaged $1231, after it sold 22.
Stud principal said Greg Peters said he was pleased with the sale but expected prices to be "down".
"Consistent rams were put up this year but it has been a year of challenges," he said.
ST&BR Pedler, Cummins, bought six rams to $1200, averaging $1066, while B Steed through Nutrien Ag Strathalbyn secured five to $1200, averaging $1040. .
The sale was conducted by Nutrien Ag Solutions Fawcett Livestock with Nutrien Ag's Leo Redden as auctioneer.
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