Ida Vale tops at $5000

26 Oct, 2013 01:00 AM
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This White Dorper ram fetched the top price at Ida Vale's sale last Wednesday. Pictured with the $5000 sire were Ida Vale stud co-principal Tamesha Gardner (left), with daughters Alexis (2) and Sophie (3), Elders stud stock manager Tim Spicer, Ida Vale co-principal Andrew Greenup, buyer Phil Tomlinson, Chesterfield White Dorper stud, Napier and Landmark Katanning agent Tom Bowen.
This White Dorper ram fetched the top price at Ida Vale's sale last Wednesday. Pictured with the $5000 sire were Ida Vale stud co-principal Tamesha Gardner (left), with daughters Alexis (2) and Sophie (3), Elders stud stock manager Tim Spicer, Ida Vale co-principal Andrew Greenup, buyer Phil Tomlinson, Chesterfield White Dorper stud, Napier and Landmark Katanning agent Tom Bowen.

IDA Vale's 20th annual production sale at the Kojonup showgrounds attracted buyers from as far away as Geraldton who were keen to take home some of the stud's flawlessly presented White Dorper, Dorper and White Suffolk sires.

The joint Elders and Landmark sale average was set at $901 across the three breeds, $36 more than the stud's 2012 sale and grossed a total of $132,450 for stud principals Andrew Greenup and Tamesha Gardner.

The family offered up 164 sheep on the day of which 147 sold under the hammer.

The sale of the 69-strong White Dorper catalogue started staunchly and within the blink of an eye Elders stud stock auctioneer Dennis Roberts had sold the top-priced sire of the sale for $5000.

The hefty lot three White Dorper ram was secured by long-time client Phil Tomlinson, P & SA Tomlinson, who also took home one of the two top-priced rams at last year's Ida Vale sale for $4000.

Mr Tomlinson purchased the $5000, 108 kilogram ram as a new sire for his Chesterfield Dorper and White Dorper stud at Napier.

He said the new June-drop ram would be mated to the daughters of the top-priced ram he bought at last year's Ida Vale sale.

The never-shorn, clean-shedding sire caught Mr Tomlinson's eye early in the piece.

Apart from filling up the entire length of its pen it also demonstrated a perfect shedding score of one (one being 100 per cent shed and five being not shed) and a foot score of two (one being the best and five being the worst).

Also among the ram's credentials was its -0.24 BWT, 6.78 WWT, 10.39 PWWT, 0.35 PFAT, 0.84 PEMD, -8 PFEC and 123 SRC$.

This ram was Mr Tomlinson's single purchase for the day.

The majority of the rest of the White Dorper line-up was cleared by 16 of the 39 registered bidders at the sale for an overall average of $1076.

Average-sized bulk bidders within the White Dorper catalogue were overshadowed by Banyanda Farms, Geraldton, which made the trip south worthwhile by purchasing a truckload of 21 rams for an average of $819.

Other volume buyers included Malcolm Gillett, Williams, who bought six rams, the Dale Park Partnership, Beverly, which purchased five and Lexden Park, Capel and AJ Ferfila Holdings, Manjimup, which took home four each.

A top price of $950 was reached within the Dorper sale line-up and it was CR & L Matthews, Kukerin, who dug deep to take the ram home.

The animal displayed a foot score of two and shedding score of four as well as a -0.17 BWT, 6.59 WWT, 10.67 PWWT, 0.51 PFAT, 1.46 PEMD, -14 PFEC and 125 SRC$.

The purchase rounded out the Matthews' team of four Dorper rams for an average of $713.

CM & JM Stade, Katanning, were the volume buyers of the Dorpers after they secured five sires for an average of $690 as well as Plain Grazing, Gingin, which purchased four.

It took six bidders to clear 17 of the 24 Dorper rams on offer at the sale but it was the White Suffolks which had punters lining up for a glimpse.

The quality of the stock was such that 15 buyers helped to clear 69 of the 71 rams for an $804 average.

The White Suffolk top price of $1300 was reached twice throughout the sale, first by Northam buyers KM & VJ O'Neill, Annaghdowns stud, whose $1300 purchase helped to round out their overall White Suffolk team of two for an average of $1025.

The ram's figures were 0.24 BWT, 8.84 WWT, 13.85 PWWT, -0.83 PFAT, 1.2 PEMD, 45 PFEC, 185 CarcasePlus index and Lamb 2020 index of 109.

The second $1300 ram was snapped up by Slab Hut Grazing, Kojonup and displayed figures of 0.47 BWT, 9.80 WWT, 15.46 PWWT, -0.97 PFAT, 0.91 PEMD, 47 PFEC, 191 CarcasePlus index and 110 Lamb 2020 index.

It also rounded out Slab Hut Grazing's two-strong White Suffolk purchase for an average of $1125.

Rocky Creek Farms, Kojonup, was the standout volume buyer in the White Suffolk catalogue after it took home 11 sires for an average of $814.

This was followed by NF & KP Thomas, Katanning, who bought 10, Hills Agriculture, Kojonup, which purchased nine and C & KA Tomlinson, Tenterden, who took home eight.

After the sale Elders stud stock auctioneer Dennis Roberts said Ida Vale had yet again presented an outstanding line-up of the three breeds.

"It's an absolute credit to Andrew and Tamesha's breeding philosophy which is obviously being appreciated by buyers," he said.

"It's the best Ida Vale yarding I've ever seen and the family deserves our congratulations."

Stud principals Andrew Greenup and Tamesha Gairdner said they were also very happy with the sale clearance.

"It's great to see our clients still appreciate the size and figure components of our rams," Mr Greenup said.

"It's so important to build trust with clients and we're are working hard to move forward in conjunction with them to ensure quality genetic selection."

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