Livestock

Sammon Bros sheep sale to go ahead

By Jamie Salter

The 36th annual Sammon Bros Poll Dorset sale is going ahead this year.

The sale will have 100 rams available, with about 80 to be sold privately.

Mr Sammon said the rams could not be better.

“The higher the eye muscle area in relation to the live weight of the animal is so important for case yield, particularly when selling over the hooks,” he said.

“A ram has got to be structurally sound; the muscling effect of the sheep and the length are also important.”

Mr Sammon said they were now using six Kurralea stud rams from NSW in the flock.

“These rams have given exceptionally clean faces with a bit longer neck which makes lambing a lot easier,” he said.

“These rams are also ideal for joining to Merino ewes as well as first cross.”

He said his area of Bungeet, like most of Victoria, was enjoying one of the best seasons in 20 years.

“However, we believe for a good joining the rams need to be strong, robust and not too fat.”

The sale will be held at Shepparton Regional Saleyards under the saleyards’ management team.

To adhere with coronavirus precautions, strict regulations will be in place including social distancing and sanitation.

More seating will be available and a pre-packaged lunch will also be on offer.

Those who purchase rams will be provided free delivery to help with social distancing.

Stockscan figures will be available on the day of the sale, and registration at the saleyards will be compulsory.

The sale will be held on Friday, September 18 at 12.30 pm.