THEIR highest average to date and improved clearance rates on both White Suffolk and Suffolk offerings left the Dennis family well-pleased after their Kurrabi Park stud ram sale on Monday at Koppio.
Stud principal Logan Dennis said the result stemmed from client confidence and willingness to invest in Kurrabi Park genetics, with the sale lineup the best they'd presented both phenotypically and genetically.
In the sale breakdown, 25 of 35 White Suffolks sold under the hammer to a top price of $1800 twice and an average of $1032.
There was good demand for Suffolks, with 24 of 29 rams selling to a $1600 high and $850 average.
Mr Dennis said it was pleasing to sell another eight White Suffolk rams immediately after the sale to cap off what had already been a great day.
"It was a very pleasing sale result, achieving a new top price as well as the best clearance and average price we have achieved," he said.
"It's great to see existing clients having the confidence to invest further in our genetics and it was also great to welcome new clients and we have every confidence that their purchases will perform well for them.
"It was the best line up of rams that we have presented for sale, with growth rates and muscle extended right through the line-up."
Lots five and eight were the equal top-priced White Suffolks, selling to AD Cave Nominees, Tumby Bay, and Pernella, Koppio, respectively.
The Cave Nominees purchase had Australian Sheep Breeding Value figures of 10.14 for weaning weight, 14.33 for post-weaning weight, 1.32 for post-weaning eye muscle depth, -0.94 fat and came in at 135 on the Terminal Carcase Production index.
Pernella's ram had figures of 11.61 WWT, 18.4 PWT, 2.33 PEMD, 0.36 PFAT and 146 TCP.
Buying the top-priced Suffolk ram was CD&JM Skinner, Wanilla.
Volume buyers included AR&DA Arbon, Tooligie, who bought eight Suffolk rams to $800, averaging $725; MacDonald Operations, White Flat, secured six White Suffolks to $1200, averaging $783; and RD&LA Proude, North Shields, bought three White Suffolks to $1400, averaging $933, and two Suffolks to $1000, averaging $950.
The sale was conducted by Elders, with Tony Wetherall the auctioneer.
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