The Land – Oct 20, 2011 | By Cara Jeffery
A TOP notch sire set a new record price for the Kember family’s Gleneith Border Leicester stud, at Ganmain last Friday, where spirited bidding reached $5400.
In the breakdown, 19 specially selected rams sold to a total clearance for the top price of $5400 to average $1668, 75 of the 80 flock rams offered sold at auction for a top of $1700 to average $905.
A total of 94 of the 99 rams offered sold under the hammer to average $1059.
Their was a tug-o-war between buyers for a ram in the top one per cent of the breed for Lambplan figures.
The 107 kilogram ram was sired by Inverbrackie 357-08, a ram the Kember’s purchased from Western Australia which was also in the top one per cent of the breed for Lambplan figures.
The ram, which had the highest dollar index in the catalogue at $128.48, was eventually secured over the phone by Ross Lomas, Point Vale Super Borders stud, Canvendish, Victoria, who had inspected the ram prior to the sale.
The second top price of $3700 was paid by repeat buyer Greg Doyle, Inglemar Pastoral Company, Walbundrie.
The 95kg ram, which still had its lambs teeth, had an dollar index figure of $125.26- in the top three per cent of the breed.
The ram was sired by Gleneith 40-06, a sire with good linkage as he had been used in nine other flocks.
Mr Doyle bought four rams in total for a top of $3700 to average $2525.
The rams will be used over his 600 Merino ewes, Mr Doyle’s target market is the Corowa special first cross ewe sale each November where he sells his 14-month-old first cross ewes lambs.
Volume buyer on the day was Colin Weissell, Elders Wagga Wagga, who secured 30 rams for a corporate enterprise for $800 each.
Donald Dyce Farm Trust, Coolamon, purchased, five rams for a top of $1200 to average $1040.
Ruby Park Pastoral Company, Wagga Wagga, bought nine rams for a top of $1000 to average $875.
Ben Russell, Wellington, New Zealand, bought four rams for a top of $1200 to average $1025.
Gleneith stud co-principal, Wes Kember said they were extremely happy with this years sale result with the sale eclipsing their own previous record price of $4000.
Buyers travelled from Canowindra, Holbrook, Walbundrie, Grong Grong, Harefield, Tumbarumba, Coleambally and the local area, as well as Lake Rowan an Moyston, Victoria; Dinnum, South Australia and New Zealand to secure rams.
The sale was conducted by Elders Narrandera and JL Buchanan, Coleambally, with Nick Fogarty and Justin Buchanan the respective auctioneers.