Season takes toll

By Country News

Tough seasonal conditions have been felt across the region, with the impact also being seen at ram sales across northern Victoria.

Daniel Hooper, who runs Goorambat East stud Vortex White Suffolks and Charollais with his parents Robert and Ellen, said the season had taken its toll.

The Hoopers put a total of 52 White Suffolk rams and 30 Charollais rams up for sale last Wednesday, but said they were not as conditioned as they would have hoped.

‘‘The rams are probably five to 10kg lighter than we’d usually like, for obvious reasons,’’ Mr Hooper said.

‘‘The quality is still there, they’re a little less conditioned than we’re used to, but that’s just the season.’’

Thirty-four of the 52 White Suffolk lots were sold, with an average price of $847 and a top price of $1400.

It was almost a total clearance of Charollais rams, with only one unsold. They achieved a top price of $1250, with an average price of $956.89.

Despite the dry conditions playing a part, Mr Hooper said he was still pleased to see a strong crowd turn out for the sale.

Auctioneer John Gregory, from Rodwells Benalla, said the stud had registered a good result despite tough seasonal conditions.

It was a largely local contingent of bidders, with interested parties coming from Yarrawonga, Romsey and Mansfield to attend the sale.