Border Leicester rams at Ariah Park reach $2400

Volume stud ewe buyer Scott Madden, Goulburn with Retallack Border Leicester stud principals Isabella and Graham Grinter.
Volume stud ewe buyer Scott Madden, Goulburn with Retallack Border Leicester stud principals Isabella and Graham Grinter.

For their 48th on-property production sale on Tuesday, Graham and Isabella Grinter, Retallack Border Leicesters, Ariah Park, penned 20 stud ewes, 19 stud rams and 68 flock rams.

The sale realised a top price of $550 for the 16 stud ewes which averaged $450, a top price of $2000 for the 51 flock rams averaging $921 and a top price of $2400 for the 16 stud rams that sold to average $1309.

Speaking after the sale, co-studmaster Isabella Grinter said she and Mr Grinter were extremely pleased with the result.

"We are absolutely delighted," Mrs Grinter said.

"We had many repeat buyers plus new clients and it is wonderful to see people who are committed to producing quality sheep even when the season is going against them."

The top price stud ram was bought by return client Phillip Mahoney, Crookwell who selected a son Red Dynasty for his overall balance and correct conformation.

"He is a good solid sheep with a great backend and he stands well," Mr Mahoney said.

"The Retallack-bred sheep are great quality and their progeny always sell well."

Mr Mahoney's first pick weighed 101 kilograms, had a mature ewe weight of 87, eye muscle depth of 38, fat depth of 6, eye muscle area of 25.46 and an Index value of 548. Glenlee Park, Gerang Gerung, Victoria paid $2000 for their choice of the flock rams. Volume ram buyers included McGufficke Partners, Cooma who bought 21 new sires for a $828 average, Lindsay Picker, Crookwell who selected seven rams for a $1543 average and Roger Kelly, Corringle Partnership, Rugby who put a draft of 16 rams together for an average of $868.

First time buyer Scott Madden, Goulburn put together a draft of 11 stud ewes for an average of $464, along with a son of Four Twenty for $2250.

"I selected for the meaty type, which are earlier maturing in our colder country," he said.

The sale was settled by Elders, Wagga Wagga with Steve Ridley (Elders) and Tim Woodham (Nutrien Livestock) as auctioneers.