Fine sire sold at $4000 top

COLLANDRA SALE SUMMARY

                      2016   2015

Offered         50       44

Sold               44       42

Top                $4000  $3100

Av                  $1025   $1233

IT was a strong start at the 37th Collandra Merino stud sale of the Lawrie family, Tumby Bay, as buyers from all parts of the Eyre Peninsula took advantage of the opportunity to buy quality, large-framed “bale fillers”, on Tuesday last week.

EP Livestock auctioneer Ben Dickenson had little trouble extracting bids from the small but enthusiastic crowd of local sheep breeders along the first run and a half of the sale with the first 18 rams averaging $1450.

But with a couple of regular buyers missing on the day, the average dropped back to $1025 by the end of the sale, with 44 sold out of 50 offered.

BALE FILLER: Emily, Sarah, Jessica and Stephen Lawrie, Collandra, with buyer Robert Calderwood, Tumby Bay, and EP Livestock and Real Estate agent Scott Masters and auctioneer Ben Dickenson.

BALE FILLER: Emily, Sarah, Jessica and Stephen Lawrie, Collandra, with buyer Robert Calderwood, Tumby Bay, and EP Livestock and Real Estate agent Scott Masters and auctioneer Ben Dickenson.

A top price of $4000 was paid by Robert Calderwood, Pernella Pty Ltd, Tumby Bay, for lot three – a large-framed ram that displayed very good horn and body with a pure white 18.8 micron wool type, that will breed very good wool cutters in the future.

Mr Calderwood also took another ram at $2600.

Volume buyer was Hillsea Station, Elliston, buying 13 rams to a top of $1500, which was more than initially intended but the opportunity to purchase quality rams at value prices proved tempting.

Regular buyer Bill Oswald, Tumby Bay, paid up to $1900 for three rams, Brosstowen Pastoral, Nunjikompita, bought six rams to a top of $1600, averaging $1300, while the Dorwood Family of Clifton Family Trust, paid $1000 each for their four rams.

Mr Dickenson said the day provided buyers with a great opportunity to buy quality sires.

“The buyers that did not attend this year will all be back next year – a couple of them only buy every two years and this was the year they were having their break in buying,” he said. 

“The quality of the Lawrie family rams will definitely encourage the buyers back next year – and I wouldn’t  be surprised if the passed-in rams are snapped up fairly quickly.” 

The quality of the Lawrie family rams will definitely encourage the buyers back next year – and I wouldn’t be surprised if the passed-in rams are snapped up fairly quickly. - EP Livestock auctioneer Ben Dickenson

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