TELPARA Suffolk stud achieved a total clearance at its Hartley sale on Wednesday last week, with price increases across the board.
"It was an excellent sale, one of those sales that you can only sit back and enjoy because demand was fantastic from the first lot to the last lot," Telpara principal Anthony Pearce said.
The Telpara Type sale offered and sold eight stud rams, and broke the record top price for the stud twice, averaging $4225.
Lot one sold for a new stud high of $8500, but was quickly eclipsed by lot two, which sold for $9000.
The $9000 ram, Telpara 200056, was a July 2020-drop ram by Allendale 1800010.
It was described as an "outstanding type ram with great balance of figures, shape and temperament. Hard to find a ram with his outlook, muscle and performance all in one".
It had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of 10.94 weaning weight, post-weaning weight of 17.53 and a Terminal Carcase Production index of 142.69.
It was bought by Mark Lamborn and Tahlia Christie, Caralma Black Simmentals, Macclesfield.
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Lot one, Telpara 200127, sold to WarraJ Suffolks, Penola, at $8500.
The ram was by Lynburn 150247, and was the number one 2020-drop Suffolk ram for Lamb Eating Quality ASBV at 144.69.
The August 2020-drop ram was a twin, which was used as a ram lamb within the Telpara stud.
Mr Pearce said "you could split hairs from lot one and lot two to which was the better ram".
"They were sheep that were not only very well figured in the breed across all traits, but also outstanding rams in terms of breed type and style - nice blend of performance and sheep with eye appeal," he said.
In the flock ram offering, a total clearance of 42 rams topped at $2500, and averaged $1386.
This was an increase of $363 on last year's average, with four extra rams sold.
Picking up the top price flock ram at $2500, and averaging $1966 for its three ram purchases was Monapilla Estates, McLaren Vale.
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Volume flock buyers included Biele Pty Ltd, Loxton, selecting six to $1600 and averaging $1383, and Warrenda Props, Roseworthy, picking up five rams to $1200 and averaging $1080.
There was also a total clearance of all 29 Suffolk ewes, which sold to $2200 and averaged $1113 - a jump of nearly $400 on the 2020 ewe result.
The top price ewe was lot 59, Telpara 200018, a triplet born in July 2020.
The ewe was another Allendale 180010 progeny, with ASBV weaning weight and post weaning weight figures in the top 20 per cent.
It was purchased by Cye Travers of Loomberah, NSW.
Skallemaro, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, bought five ewes to $1000, averaging $920, while D&RE Jenning, Kyneton, Vic, selected nine ewes to $1400, averaging $1055, and a ram at $1400.
Mr Pearce said there was strong demand from both new and repeat buyers across the sale, with all ewes selling to stud buyers.
"The rams had good numbers behind them and were good, meaty sheep - our clients liked what they saw and paid accordingly," he said.
"It was figure-orientated buying in general, and our Lambplan figures within the Suffolk breed are particularly good, which draws people - such as weaning weights, as we focus on early maturity, muscle and positive fats."
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