KI ram sale season kicks off

Skallemaro Suffolk sheep stud kicks off Kangaroo Island ram sales

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FIRST SALE: First-time auctioneer Dusty Cross from Nutrien, stock agent Stuart Were from Elders and Suffolk ram breeder Malcolm Schaefer at the Skallemaro auction. Photo: Stan Gorton

FIRST SALE: First-time auctioneer Dusty Cross from Nutrien, stock agent Stuart Were from Elders and Suffolk ram breeder Malcolm Schaefer at the Skallemaro auction. Photo: Stan Gorton

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17 rams sold on the day for an average price of $1006 and owner was pleased with the sales.

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Skallemaro's Malcolm Schaefer held a successful second on-farm Suffolk ram sale on Friday.

He sold 17 rams on the day for an average price of $1006 and was pleased with the sale, given the tough conditions experienced by KI graziers this year.

"Our better quality rams sold extremely well and it was a good result overall," he said.

Late rains and then poor finishing rains so far meant there was a lack of pasture feed available to sheep on KI farms, he said.

Despite this he agreed there was pressure to rebuild Island flocks after the bushfires and he expected to sell his remaining rams in coming weeks. Although you had to be at the auction to get the bargains, he joked.

TOP PRICE: Bidder Daniel Crane from MacGillivray with his top-priced Suffolk ram purchased at the Skallemaro auction, flanked by stock agent Stuart Were from Elders and auctioneer Dusty Cross from Nutrien. Photo: Stan Gorton

TOP PRICE: Bidder Daniel Crane from MacGillivray with his top-priced Suffolk ram purchased at the Skallemaro auction, flanked by stock agent Stuart Were from Elders and auctioneer Dusty Cross from Nutrien. Photo: Stan Gorton

Daniel Crane from MacGillivray paid the top price of $1650 for lot 2, a Suffolk ram weighing in at 91 kilograms.

The volume buyer was Ben Wheaton, who took home five rams to $1000.

It was also the first call for new auctioneer Dusty Cross from the KI office of Nutrien Ag Solutions.

You can watch his effort in the Facebook live stream below:

Ram sales now ramp up with the Bark Hut auction on Thursday, October 7 and then the Ellamatta auction the following day.

The McArdle family holds its Taljar Polwarth Stud auction on Wednesday, October 13.

They expect to have about 52 rams on offer.

After the disappointment of not contesting the national sheep show in Bendigo and then the Adelaide Royal Show due to COVID, Jared McArdle said they were hoping for a good auction.

Stokes Bay Genetics holds its auction that week on Friday, October 15 at its new shed rebuilt after the fires.

Also still rebuilding after the bushfires is the Symons family and Turkey Lane Merinos, traditionally the last sale, held early to mid November, just after the Berry Partners Deep Denemerino auction.

John Symons said the farm rebuild was going well, but they would have smaller number of rams on offer. Offerings would increase in coming years as they rebuilt the flock.

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