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‘Exceptional’ ram attracts $4600 bid for Dalveen auction

Stock JournalReported by:
Ali Kuchel

QUALITY CHOICE: Dalveen Merino Stud principal John Richardson with Landmark Tintinara's Brenton Jones and Brittany Hancock, bidding on behalf of top price buyer Kevin Schwartz (absent) pictured with Elders Strathalbyn's Danny Reynolds. The ram sold for $4600 on the Woodchester property on Tuesday.


                         2017          2016

Offered           114            114

Sold                 113            112

Top                   $4600       $3200

Av                     $2017       $1430

A RAM which Dalveen Merino stud principal John Richardson considered keeping to breed with for his own flock, has secured top price at the stud’s annual on-property auction.

The lot one ram sold for $4600 to absentee bidder Kevin Schwartz, who’s bidding was successful through Landmark Tintinara’s Brenton Jones.

Held at the Woodchester property on Tuesday, the sale had 114 rams with 113 sold under the hammer.

The stud increased its sale average to $2017 from the 2016 average of $1430.

A further 19 from 32 rams were sold during the mini auction.

Mr Richardson said the top price ram, sired by MPPB1, was an “exceptional sheep” they would have kept but decided to offer the ram the opportunity to their clients.

“We have been concentrating on the large frame, medium wool sheep since the beginning,” he said.

“All the rams presented well and were even from the first to the last ram, even in the mini auction.”

The April-May 2016 drop top ram had fleece measurements of 19.3 micron, 2.7 standard deviation, 14.0 coefficient of variation and a 99.7 per cent comfort factor.

Mr Schwartz bought three rams for an average of $3600.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Schwartz, Mr Jones said Mr Schwartz had bought from Dalveen for the past six years.

“He is a wether producer so he takes his sheep out to four and a half year-old, which not many people do these days,” Mr Jones said.

“He cuts big sheep with big wool and the ram was bought for that reason – he is a big framed sheep with a lovely long staple, soft handling, free growing wool.”

ER&GF Flint, Kingston, were bulk buyers from the sale, purchasing 20 rams for an average of $1800.

Evan Flint said he always knew he was going to buy 20 rams, but they had to pay “a bit more” than expected.

“We had purchased from Bill Gebhardt (Barton Hill) for nearly 90 years, but when he gave it away we arrived at Dalveen,” he said.

“We had a look at the field days about five years ago and the Dalveen sheep stood out for what we wanted to do.”

Volume buyers also included DP&MM Densley, Keith with 14 rams for an average of $1378 while Oliver Nominees, Kingston took 11 averaging $1554.

Mount Beevor P/L, Nairne, took seven for an average of $2514 and RJ&EA Frahn, Callington, bought six for an average of $2400.

The sale was conducted by Landmark and Elders.


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