Top ram heading west

By Country News

The top-priced ram at the recent Pepperton Poll Dorset and White Suffolk ram sale will be heading to Western Australia.

Max Whyte, from Brimfield Poll Dorset and White Suffolks in Kendenup, WA, connected via phone to successfully bid to the sale top of $4000 for the Poll Dorset ram, P170274Tw.

‘‘This beautifully balanced, structurally correct and bigger-framed April-drop ram was sired by Marocara 150035 and provided the ideal combination of top-shelf phenotype and outstanding genotype,’’ Pepperton marketing consultant Ian Turner said.

‘‘Its Lambplan figures included 17.6 for post weaning weight, 2.3 for eye muscle, 4.6 for lean meat yield and indices of 217 on carcase plus and 141 for lamb eating quality.’’

Fifty-four of the 101 rams put up for sale by Roger and Dianne Trewick of Elmore sold at the Elmore Field Days site on October 15, fetching an average price of $1045.

Joining the top-priced ram on the trip west will be another Poll Dorset, P170365Tw, a late August-drop ram sired by Marocara 150049.

‘‘With an earlier maturity pattern suited for targeting trade-weight lamb production, its figures were even more impressive, highlighted by 4.2 for eye muscle, 5.7 for lean meat yield and a carcase plus index of 232; all in the top one per cent of the industry,’’ Mr Turner said.

It was snapped up by Keith Ladyman, from Dumbledee stud, in Katanning, WA, for $3000; Mr Ladyman also bid via phone.

Leigh Hartwig, from the Ivadene stud, at Greta, paid $3000 for P170463Tw, which had a post weaning weight of 17.5, an eye muscle EBV of 2.8 and a carcase plus index of 220.

In the White Suffolk draft of 41 rams, the five elites did not attract a stud buyer, unlike the Poll Dorsets, so the top price was $1150.

It was paid by Eddie Carr, of Emu Creek (near Bendigo), for his only purchase.

The sale was conducted by GTSM.