Mountain Dam rams pay dividends

With the $2800 Mountain Dam ram were from left, buyers Murray and Andrew Davis, with stud co-principal Tom Silcock.DERGHOLM wool growers Murray and Andrew Davis don’t need any convincing about the value of The Mountain Dam Merino rams to their flock.

They have been buying the Silcock family’s rams for 13 years and at the stud’s annual on-property.

Last Friday they bought another 13 rams, including the top priced sire, Lot 41, for $2800.

In June this year the Davis family sold part of their May-shorn clip for prices of up to 1811 cents a kilogram greasy for 16.8 micron weaners’ wool and an average of 1314 cents, giving a $2500 bale average.

Murray Davis said they were lucky to hit the market peak, but The Mountain Dam sheep were paying dividends with their bright white wool. Mr Davis gave credit to The Mountain Dam co-principal Tom Silcock for classing his sheep annually. The Davis’s adult sheep were cutting 5.5 kilograms of 18 micron wool and wethers cut 6.2 kilograms of 18.3 micron fleece this year.

Selling agents Elders sold all of the 72 rams offered in the Helmsman auction for an average of $1265.

Mr Silcock said it was the first time a complete clearance had been achieved at the Helmsman sale, helped by new and repeat buyers.

South Australian buyers S.F. and R.K. Hocking P/L from Avenue Range paid up to $2000 for five rams, M.R. and R.J. Leeming from Balmoral paid up to $1400 for two rams and Timothy Scott Bunge from Millicent SA bought four rams for $800 each.

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