Poll Dorset rams at Aberdeen reach $26,000

Jono and Simon Male, Aberdeen Poll Dorsets. Henty parading the top priced ram and admired by auctioneers Michael Glasser and James Tierney.
Jono and Simon Male, Aberdeen Poll Dorsets. Henty parading the top priced ram and admired by auctioneers Michael Glasser and James Tierney.

An on-property record of $26,000 was a feature for Simon and Melissa Male, Aberdeen Poll Dorsets, Henty when they offered 180 stud and flock rams for their 55th annual ram sale.

There was a complete clearance of the 180 rams offered for sale.

The top priced ram, a twin son of Aberdeen 679-16 from a North Ulandi 23-15 daughter was bought by Brett Shepherd, Mullinger Park, Kybybolite, SA.

Mr Shepherd is a repeat buyer and has also used semen from selected Aberdeen sires in his breeding program.

"The ram is visually very correct and combined with a very balanced set of figures made him very attractive for use in our stud," he said.

"We think he is a ram who will take us forward producing good commercial sires and hopefully a few elite sires.

"He will also breed a good line of daughters."

Mr Shepherd has recently had a successful ram sale and said it was important he reinvested in superior genetics for the benefit of his clients and the prime lamb industry.

"I want to keep my clients stay abreast of the demand for red meat," he said.

The 118kg ram had the following measurements - 3.5 Pemd, 17.2 growth and was positive 0.1 for fat.

Mr Shepherd said they were important as they indicate growth potential with plenty of meat and and doing ability.

"That is what the prime lamb industry is looking for," he said.

Other stud sales included one at $10,000, a twin son of Valma 97-15 bought by Warrawindi Farms, Penola, SA: one at $8,000 a twin son of A679-16 bought by Verge Pastoral, Euroa, Victoria and a twin son of A679-16 bought by Marocara Dorsets, Wongarbon for $9500.

Volume buyers included Burgess Rural, Henty who selected a draft of 18 sires for $1488.89 average price.

Simon Male said it was an unbelievable result with prime lamb and stud breeders expressing confidence in the future of red meat.

"It is encouraging to see the optimism through a tough season," he said.

The auction was settled by RLA, Wagga Wagga with auctioneers Michael Glasser, GTSM, Staghorn Flat, Victoria and James Tierney, RLA, Wagga Wagga sharing the gavel.