Lower average but higher quality at Melashdan

TOP DORPER: Pictured are Justin Thompson (Landmark Tumby Bay), Janice Fiegert (Melashdan), Logan Elliott (WCT Wudinna), Bill Herde (buyer) and Gary Fiegert (Melashdan).
TOP DORPER: Pictured are Justin Thompson (Landmark Tumby Bay), Janice Fiegert (Melashdan), Logan Elliott (WCT Wudinna), Bill Herde (buyer) and Gary Fiegert (Melashdan).

A decade of genetic progress was on display at Melashdan Dorper and White Dorper stud near Tumby Bay and although sales were down on the previous year, the quality of stock continues to grow.

The stud held its 10th on-property sale on Tuesday, selling 49 of the 71 rams offered at an average of $910, down from $1070 the year before, with another five sold after the sale at $600 each.

Fifty five white dorpers and 16 dorpers were offered with the top priced ram bought by Bill Herde of Rudall at $1700.

The 86 kilogram white dorper ram is by Burrawang sire 160004 and had a weaning weight seven kilograms, a post-weaning weight of 11.1kg and a post-weaning eye muscle depth of 1.9 millimetres.

Mr Herde said he liked to have high-growth rate rams to produce bigger lambs sooner.

He said this was the third Melashdan ram sale he had attended.

"I think they are well bred, quality dorpers suited to Eyre Peninsula cereal production country," he said.

Mr Herde finished the sale with four rams, including the second top priced ram which weighed 95kg, had a weaning weight of 6.2kg, post-weaning weight of 10kg and post-weaning eye muscle depth of 1.5mm.

Top volume buyer was GJ Baker and Co of Kondoolka Station in the Gawler Ranges, finishing with 10 rams at an average of $880.

Stud principals Gary Fiegert and Janice Fiegert said they knew it would be a tough sale as many of their customers were "feeling the pinch" due to the dry conditions.

However they were proud of this group of rams, which have continued to improve with each passing year.

"We did an artificial insemination program with Burrawang Stud in New South Wales which has given us a lot of extra width and muscle, and better eye muscle and fat which is all beneficial to fertility and growth," Mr Fiegert said.

"We've been able to improve every year and the rams they've been buying has improved along with us."

The sale was conducted by Landmark Tumby Bay with Landmark stud stock's Leo Redden as auctioneer.