Linton Poll Dorset stud principal George Carter and buyer Andrew Burgess, “Ruby Hills”, Walcha, with the top-priced ram which sold for $1200. Mr Burgess bought five rams in the Poll Dorset sale and one in the Border Leicester sale.BUYERS defied ongoing drought conditions in the New England to push prices to a top of $1200 at the annual Linton Poll Dorset and Broder Leicester sale at Walcha on Monday.
Smaller flock sizes had an impact on the number of rams purchased, with many buyers decreasing ewe numbers over the past 12 months.
Forty seven of the 52 Poll Dorset rams offered were sold for a clearance of 90 per cent and average of $831.
Repeat client Andrew Burgess, “Ruby Hills”, Walcha, was the top bidder, scoring a 16-month-old ram for $1200.
It had Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) of +0.30 for birthweight, +9.4 for weaning weight, -0.4 for fat depth, +1.6 for eye muscle depth (EMD), -34 for worm egg count and 114 on the Lamb 2020 index.
Border Leicester rams sold to a top of $1200 twice and averaged $806.
Thirty one of the 39 rams offered sold for a clearance of 79pc.
Both top rams were purchased by Roy Robertson, “Kilcoy”, Wollomombi.
Lot 106, a 17-month-old ram, had ASBVs of +0.30 for birthweight, +9.9 for post weaning weight, +0.2 for fat depth, +1.3 for EMD, -44 for WEC for worm egg count and 126 on the Lamb 2020 index.
Lot 121, also 17 months, had ASBVs of +0.20 for birthweight, +7.8 for post weaning weight, +0.8 for fat depth, +0.7 for EMD, a WEC of -64, and 125 on the Lamb 2020 index.
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