01 Jan 2014 tv sale results
Poll Merinos Make $6800
Poll Merino Rams sold to a top of $6800 to return the best results in Trigger Vale’s 37 year auction history.
The Bouffler family sold 118 Poll Merinos in a 99 per cent clearance for an average of $2450. In the White Suffolk section 66 went under the hammer in a 100 per cent clearance to average $1050.
Elders Auctioneers Ron Rutledge and Joe Wilks took the bids along with Evan Traviss from H Francis and Co for stud principals Andrew and Mandi Bouffler from Lockhart.
Chad Taylor from Mumblebone Poll Merino Stud at Wellington secured the top ram, a twin with estimated breeding values (EBVs) in the top five per cent for yearling weight, yearling fat, yearling eye muscle and number of lambs weaned and staple length.
In the White Suffolk section repeat purchasers, the Hicks Family from Lowesdale bought the top-priced ram for $1600.
The low birth-weight ram carried figures in the top one per cent of the breed for weaning and post weaning.
Mr Bouffler said the sale attracted 55 registered bidders consisting of regular clients and new buyers.
Ï believe there is a grass roots movement from commercial producers wanting accurate objective measurements in the form of breeding values, and they are seeking which studs provide these so they can align their breeding objectives with a seed stock provider heading in the same direction.” Mr Bouffler said.
Buying support came from far afield including Katanning in Western Australia.
“With a dry spring and frost damage greatly reducing crop potential once again in eastern Australia demand for rams was also driven by producers who are either reintroducing sheep into their enterprise or increasing the sheep component as a risk management and more assured cash flow tool.” Mr Bouffler said.
THE RURAL NEWS 11th September, 2014