South African breeds in 2009 resurgence

29 Oct, 2009 01:00 AM
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With the $9600 top price White Dorper and top price for this year's ram selling season for South African breeds is Kaya studmaster Adrian Veitch (left), buyers Paul Thibault and Mrs Deanne Thibault, El Prado stud, NSW, and Landmark Narrogin branch manager Steve Wright.
With the $9600 top price White Dorper and top price for this year's ram selling season for South African breeds is Kaya studmaster Adrian Veitch (left), buyers Paul Thibault and Mrs Deanne Thibault, El Prado stud, NSW, and Landmark Narrogin branch manager Steve Wright.

THIS season's South African breeds ram sale results have made a defining resurgence from the tough 2008 ram selling environment.

The telling results have sounded alarm bells to the more established maternal and terminal breeds that these breeds are serious players in the sheep industry.

Over a decade ago, the first South African sheep breed entered WA and since then they have made impressionable inroads among sheep producers and wool growers.

They burst onto the scene with unheard of commercial values being paid for rams however the past couple of years have seen the breeds and breeders settle to a more realistic level.

The year 2009 changed that again.

If WA is home to a rapidly depressed ewe flock, someone forgot to tell the breeders of South African sheep.

They offered an increased number of rams at auction and buyers responded by clearing 88 per cent or 2180 rams under the hammer which came to a further 268 rams sold at auction than last year.

With almost a $500,000 jump in revenue resulting in $105 spike in averages on 2008, it became increasingly obvious that buyers were prepared to pay for them.

These breeds have set the precedent for hardiness, fertility and easy care so it should come as no surprise that more and more farmers are beginning to take notice of them and ultimately make the change.

Read full story in this week's Farm Weekly.

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