Maternal composite rams to $4,000 at Hamilton

With the $4000 rams at the Cashmore Oaklea sale were, from left, Brigita and John Keiller, buyer Michael Croot, Anne and Don Pegler. Holding the ram is Jason Gordon.MATERNAL composite rams sold to $4000 in a strong vote of confidence for performance recorded self-replacing sheep at Hamilton last Friday.

Joint selling agents Elders and Landmark sold 76 Cashmore Oaklea elite performance maternal rams in the top four per cent of the Coopworth Index for an average of $2905 and 266 performance maternals for an average of $1489.

The 13 Coopworth rams sold made to a top of $1200 three times and averaged $892; the 21 Nudie cleanskin rams averaged $1323 and sold to a top of $2200 to Elcho Grazing, through Elders Hamilton. The 10 Poll Dorset rams averaged $570 and the 10 White Suffolks averaged $400.

Nhill sheep producer Michael Croot with his adviser Jason Gordon paid the top price for Lot 14, a top one per cent indexed ram with high Lambplan breeding values for numbers of lambs weaned (11 per cent), milk (1.1), post weaning weight (8.8) and worm resistance (PFEC -25). Mr Croot also paid $2800 for Lot 48 and said he was looking for rams with high weaning weight and fertility figures.

Volume buyers included Will Hanson from Irrewarra, trading as the Narcombie Investment Trust, who paid an average of $2871 for 14 rams. He has been upgrading from first cross ewes for the past five years and bought rams in the top four percentile index band with high early growth, worm resistance, milk and fertility figures, including six low birth weight sires to join to ewe lambs.

Other volume buyers included Elders Ballarat client Buangor Park who paid an average of $1204 for 24 rams; and Elders Hamilton clients Creese North East who averaged $1452 for 17 rams and the Gardner Bros. who paid an average of $823 for 17 rams. Coola Station from Mount Gambier paid an average of $2711 for nine rams.

Cashmore principal John Keiller attributed the sale result to increasing acceptance of the self-replacing concept and a better understanding by professional prime lamb producers of performance figures. Oaklea principal Don Pegler said the ram prices showed the buyers were making money out of the performance maternal sheep.

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