Ram record falls at Warburn

Mark Dissegna, Amanda and Finlay MacDonald, Caitlin and Clive Shillabeer and Amando Dissegna with top selling ram Tw160032 which sold for $21,000 on Wednesday at Warburn White Suffolk stud.

Mark Dissegna, Amanda and Finlay MacDonald, Caitlin and Clive Shillabeer and Amando Dissegna with top selling ram Tw160032 which sold for $21,000 on Wednesday at Warburn White Suffolk stud.

Warburn White Suffolk stud, via Griffith, has set a New South Wales’ on-farm sale record of $21,000 at auction on Wednesday.

The full-clearance sale realised an average of $5812 for 16 White Suffolk stud rams while 132 flock rams sold to a top of $1850 to average $1045.

Stud Poll Dorsets sold to a top of $9000 twice to average $5500 while 51 flock rams sold to a top of $1700 to average $1025.

The top price for lot 11, the twin ram 160032, sired through Warburn’s AI program by previous NSW record holder Farrer 140188 ($17,000) sold to a partnership comprising Wingamin stud – Clive and Deb Shillabeer, Karoonda SA – and Fairburn stud owned by Finlay and Amanda MacDonald, Porcupine Ridge via Daylesford VIC.

Lamb Plan figures for Tw160032 showed top five percent birth weight (0.30), post weaning weight (16.6), post eye muscle depth of 2.1 and carcase +208 with L2020 at 114.5.

Both buyers commented favourably on the ram’s structural correctness and breed type, with narrow shoulders and plenty of rump as much as its outcross genetics. The MacDonalds were most impressed with its phenotype, as displayed in a Facebook movie seen ahead of the sale. “That movie sold him for me,” admitted Mr MacDonald.

Wingamin stud also bought second top priced ram lot 8, Tw160048 by Somerset ram 130153 for $16,000 in partnership with Montana breeder Gary Heilig, Prestige Farms. Tw160048’s remarkable figures include top one percent for carcase at +223.

Third highest paid ram on the day, lot 1, Tw160580 by a Warburn sire and dam, sold for $9000 to Richard Hawkin, Thurlstone stud, Cookamidgera via Parkes.

White Suffolk volume buyer was William Schiller, Hay NSW, who purchased 30 flock rams mostly sired by Warburn.

The stud sold Poll Dorset rams to a top of $9000 for lot 20 sired by Punchgrove 140016 to Keith Edyvean, Pambri NSW who also bought a White Suffolk ram, lot 4, by a Warburn sire.

Poll Dorset lot 21 also sold to $9000, again sired by Punchgrove 140016, going to Peter McCarten, Hannan stud, Erigollia district 80 kilometres west of West Wyalong, who also bought the third top selling Poll Dorset,  lot 17, again by Pg140016 through Warburn’s AI program, for $5500.

Poll Dorset volume buyer was Greg Collier, Griffith, who purchased 14 rams (including a handful of White Suffolks) to a top of $1700.