Elmore’s Roger and Dianne Trewick held Pepperton sheep stud’s third annual sale recently, resulting in a 70 per cent clearance and an average price of $876.
The sale saw 110 head of Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams and ewes sold, which was three times more than the stock sold from last year’s Pepperton Helmsman Auction.
The first 15 Poll Dorset rams were offered as single lots, with pens of three from then on.
Three rams went to other studs for ram breeding duties, while the balance that sold went to a combination of longer-term and new clients.
Dale and Ruth Price of Glencoe in South Australia hooked in by phone and won the bidding duel with another phone bidder at $4000 to pick up the top priced Poll Dorset ram, Pepperton 160253.
With a Carcase Plus index of 226 and a Lamb Eating Quality index of 150.8 it was arguably the standout performance ram in the catalogue.
From the offering of 70 Poll Dorset rams, there was a 77 per cent clearance with 46 averaging $1035.
While there were only 29 White Suffolk rams on offer, competition was stronger as 27 were sold with a $3750 top to average $1311.
Deniliquin’s Steve and Linda Fawns purchased the top priced White Suffolk ram, P160690.
Again it was the standout performance ram of the draft with a Carcase Plus index of 215 and a Lamb Eating Quality index of 150.1.
The Fawns family has had an established Dorset stud for 70 years, but this purchase will be the start of its new White Suffolk stud venture.
The top volume buying honours were shared by two buyers with 11 rams each.
Leo Fitzpatrick from Willaura in Victoria purchased eight Poll Dorsets and three White Suffolks, paying to a top of $1200 with an average of $973.
Gerard Keogh from Mountain Creek, NSW, purchased just from the Poll Dorset draft, with his 11 selections all being at $800 each.
The Trewicks added another attraction for breeders in the offering of 59 ewes with lambs at foot.