Livestock

Jerilderie ram stud owner happy with results despite tough seasonal conditions

By Rodney Woods

Jerilderie’s Wunnamurra Poll Dorset Stud held its 17th on-property ram sale on September 12 with 125 of the 165 rams up for auction selling for an average price of $961/head.

The top-priced ram, Lot 15, was purchased by Kerr Nominees of Oaklands, NSW, for $1900.

The ram is in the top one per cent of LambPlan for weaning and post-weaning weight, as is lot 5, also purchased by Kerr Nominees.

Stud owner Andrew Gillett said he was happy with the result considering the drought.

“It’s a great result and you would always like to have a full clearance but considering it’s a very tough year with dwindling ewe numbers, and a lot of uncertainty around water allocation and lack of rainfall, it was quite pleasing,” he said.

“There were about 50 people in attendance which we are really pleased with, many of them repeat buyers, so it’s nice to know people have confidence in us, plus it was fantastic to welcome a number of new clients.

“With the drought and zero water allocation a lot of producers have sold or reduced their ewe numbers so they currently don’t have the requirements for their usual number of rams.”

Volume buyers included 19 rams to John Lamb Pastoral `Willurah', at Conargo, NSW and new client Parklea at Nagambie, which purchased 23 rams.

Rams went as far afield as Winchelsea, Euroa, Picola, Echuca, Holbrook, Narrandera as well as within the local district.

“The weaned ram lambs for next year’s auction are showing exceptional growth rates,” Mr Gillett said.

“They’re about five months old and are growing very quickly, they’re on irrigated pasture at the moment.”

Wunnamurra has a number of high-quality rams still available for private selection and sale if lamb producers are interested in capitalising on the current lamb market.

Phone Andrew Gillett on 0429 660 584 for more details.