White Suffolk data attracts bulk buyers

Galaxy Park and Fingerpost White Suffolk ram sale

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CHARITY RAM: The $1300 proceeds of lot 56 were donated to the McGrath Foundation. Pictured (back) Kev Keller, Nutrien; buyer Brian Landseer, Milang; Tom Penna and Peter Keynes, Elders. Front: Galaxy Park and Fingerpost stud's Lahlan, Barrie and Mitchell Gale and Emma McKay.

CHARITY RAM: The $1300 proceeds of lot 56 were donated to the McGrath Foundation. Pictured (back) Kev Keller, Nutrien; buyer Brian Landseer, Milang; Tom Penna and Peter Keynes, Elders. Front: Galaxy Park and Fingerpost stud's Lahlan, Barrie and Mitchell Gale and Emma McKay.

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Galaxy Park and Fingerpost White Suffolk studs held their 34th annual ram sale at Monarto last week.

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GALAXY Park and Fingerpost White Suffolk studs held their 34th annual ram sale at Monarto on Tuesday last week, selling 14 more rams and increasing their average by just over $150.

The studs aim to breed long, high muscled early growth rams so their clients can hit markets early.

Overall, 81 rams sold from 87 offered to $2600, averaging $1157.

Return buyer RJ&AJ Simcock, Tailem Bend, bought the first four rams for an average of $2025, including the sale's top price ram at $2600.

Tag 35 was sired by Ashmore 170568 and had Lambplan figures of 0.46 body weight, 17.4 post-weaning weight, -0.9 PW fat, 1.46 PW eye muscle depth, Carcase Plus index of 215 and a Terminal Carcase Production index of 154.4.

Elders agent Paul Keynes, Murray Bridge, bought 20 rams on behalf of Handley Pastoral Company, Field, to $1300, averaging $1125.

The rams will be used over Merino ewes for April/May lambing and targeting the trade and store lamb markets with a 22-kilogram to 23kg carcase weight.

Chad Burbidge, Ettrick, was another major volume buyer, operating on behalf of Kurra-Wirra Pastoral, Harrow, Vic, who wanted rams for maiden Merino ewes.

He bought 11 rams to $1200, averaging $991.

Mr Burbidge also bought three rams for his own use.

Other volume buyers were JE,JF,PJ&RA Rogers with six rams to average $1000, CA Paech & K Molnar bought five rams to average $1120, and Andrew Kebbell bought four rams to average $1350.

The Gale family continue to donate to the McGrath Foundation to support breast cancer research. This year, $1300 will be donated.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Nutrien.

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