$3500 peak at High Valley

29 Sep, 2000 03:04 PM
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A GOOD group of consistent High Valley buyers saw good competition on rams offered at last week's on-property sale where prices reached a top of $3500. High Valley principal Ken Gray was pretty happy with the sale result, which saw an 82 per cent clearance under the hammer and a $661 average. "I think it was a pretty good sale in a tough market, especially the clearance," he said. The top price ram was touted as a real stud sire prospect by guest auctioneer Brian Faithfull and that was the way this 19 micron, 63pc yield ram went with Aylesbury stud, Merredin, the buyer. Peter Last, Aylesbury, said the ram had excellent wool on a terrific frame. "You don't come across a ram with both those attributes that often," he said. "And we are grateful Ken let this one go as they are pretty hard to find. "He has tremendous scale and conformation and will be very big sheep in two years' time." Most of the buyers at the Elders-run sale came from the Lake Grace, Newdegate and surrounding areas, including volume buyer Bob Iffla, Newdegate, who took home 23 rams in total to a $900 top. Fairholme Grazing, Lake Grace, continued to support the High Valley stud, returning this year to buy eight rams at a $662 average. Gary Prater, Wesfarmers Dalgety Lake Grace, was also a major contributor to the sale, buying eight rams at an $850 top. VE Hall & Co, Pingaring, also returned from last year to be active at the sale taking home seven rams at an $800 top price. Mel Langford, Bullaring, bought five rams at a $970 average, including one ram at $1250 and one at $1100, while Peter Mullan, Dudinin, also bought five to a $750 top (2). Other buyers included T & J McLean who bought four at a $500 top, while PJ Pearman, Lake King, also bought four at a $500 top. AJ Reid, bought four rams at a $750 top, KP Hall also bought four, while RA & E Bailey, Narembeen, bought three.

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