Offering 56 White Dorpers and 19 Dorpers, the Fiegert’s ninth annual Melashdan Dorper and White Dorper ram sale was held at a Tumby Bay property on Tuesday, September 11, with the top ram selling for $2700.
Only one Dorper was left unsold, with a top of $1000 and an average of $778, and 48 White Dorpers were sold for an average of $1179.
Bought by Emu Rock Stud’s Trevor Lock from Clare, the top White Dorper – classified as a stud ram by an international Dorper inspector – had a sale weight of 100 kilograms and an exceptional length, structure and carcass quality with a solid lambplan ASBV.
A total of 14 stud rams were offered in the sale which had strong support from new and regular clients.
Three rams were sold for the price of $2200, with two purchased by Orroroo’s JA Shackleford and Sons and one by Rudall’s WM Herde.
All of these rams had excellent Lambplan ASBV’s for good growth muscle and number of lambs weaned, suiting commercial breeders producing prime lambs.
Volume buyers GJ Barker of Kondoolka Station bought 17 rams, Rudall’s WM Herde bought six rams to $2200, Port Lincoln’s DSF Transport bought 10 rams to $2100, and Wanilla’s DJ Borlas bought six rams to $1800.
Stud master Janice Fiegert said she was “extremely happy” with the sale results with only nine rams passed in.
“This is only the second sale where we have not had a total clearance in the past nine years,” Mrs Fiegert said.
“The past two seasons have been very tough but the rams have presented well.
“The ongoing dry conditions has kept pastoral orders down.”
Unfortunately for the Fiegert’s and off site buyers, a technical fault with Auctionplus meant 17 registered online bidders from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia meant they were unable to purchase rams.
Gary and Janice Fiegert said the self replacing Dorper and White Dorper breeds had handled the tough conditions of the past two years well, and the lambs bounced back quickly after weaning and got “on with the job.”
“This has enabled us to supply sound rams bred from fertile ewes lambing more than once a year, targeting early growth and maturity,” Mrs Fiegert said.