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Chandpara’s 18th sale a huge success

Stock & LandReported by:
Joely Mitchell

Eliza and Andrew Sellars-Jones, Chandpara Southdown stud, and top-priced buyers Dave and Samantha Taylor, 'Wandana Lodge', Durham Lead.


*Total clearance of 59 rams sold to a top of $3000 (five times), av $1567

*Total clearance of 19 ewes sold to a top of $1600, av $958

IT WAS evident that Southdown genetics were in demand at Chandpara stud’s 18th annual production sale last week.

The Tylden stud offered 59 Southdown rams, and recorded a total clearance, hitting an average price of $1587, up $471 on last year.

The average price for the ewe offering was also up on last year, at $958 for a total clearance of 19 ewes.

The top price of $3000 was reached five times, by five individual stud buyers, who either have established studs or are in the process of starting their own up.

Lot 21 was purchased by Dave and Samantha Taylor, 'Wandana Lodge', Durham Lead, who are in the starting phases of setting up a stud.

This was their first ever Southdown ram purchase, and they said he stood out because of his length and back-end.

“He might not be the tallest ram, but he’s pretty much all muscle,” Mr Taylor said.

“He’s pretty solid, and is correct in every other way.”

They also bought the top-priced ewe, as well as three others, which sold for $1600.

“We thought she had nice length, as well as a good back-end and shape, which is exactly what we’re looking for,” he said.

Hoping to buy a few more rams and ewes by the end of the year, they said they will aim to join in January.

Lot 22 was bought by Sheree and Peter Seiffert, 'Sherwood Park', Bellbrae, who are also new to the sheep stud game.

“We have crossbred ewes at home at the moment, but we’re wanting to get into stud stock now,” Ms Seiffert said.

Buying one other ram and a ewe, she said their top-priced ram was “very stylish looking”.

“He’s very sound on his feet, and seems very quiet,” she said.

“This is our first stud ram, and we’ll look to buy a few more ewes before we join in the first week of February.”

The other three rams, lots 23, 25 and 27, were purchased by ‘D&J Underwood’, Kate Lee Southdowns, Chatsworth, and Chris Badcock, Fairbank sheep stud, Hagley, Tasmania.

Stud principal Andrew Sellars-Jones said it was great to see that there was no tail-end of the sale.

“There was spirited bidding right throughout, it was really great to see a complete clearance,” Mr Sellars-Jones said.

“There were also a lot of people coming back, some that have been coming for 18 years to every sale.”

He said it was an honour to be able to offer rams and ewes to people who are starting their own studs.

“Some people bought rams and ewes that will become the nucleus of their Southdown studs, which is really exciting,” he said.

“When you’re starting up, those first few rams you buy will have a very strong influence, so it was really nice that these buyers came here to source those genetics.”

Volume buyers included ‘B&V Crozier’, Cobaw, who bought six ewes, to a top of $1050 (twice), av $900, ‘Fox Pastoral’, Merton, who bought four ewes and four rams, and ‘ED&LR McKenzie,’ Timboon, who bought six to a top of $1700, av $1558.

Landmark south-east stud stock manager Ray Atwell said the sale was very strong.

“The ewes and rams sold very well, which was evidenced by the complete clearance,” Mr Atwell said.

“This is no surprise given the current reality of commercial breeders.”

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