Bittersweet outcome for Kattata Well

SALE SUMMARY

                 2017         2016

Offered    140           120

Sold         120           120

Top           $5000      $5200

Average   $1287      $1413

A very solid average of $1287 for the Kattata Well White Suffolk rams at the Hull family’s Port Kenny ram sale was a bittersweet outcome.

There is no doubt the very tough seasonal outlook greatly affected producer confidence.

Virtually no meaningful rain in the region until the beginning of August caused many producers to consolidate, with many making do with the rams they had, while some even sold off ewes usually kept for prime lamb production.

Consequently the average was down $126 on last year’s outstanding result, but putting this stud’s rapid progress into context, it was up $151 on their 2015 result.

The principals, Leroy & Rohan Hull added an extra 20 rams to the offering based on last year’s demand, but the total clearance was the same as last year in the end.

The very high standard offering was admired by those in attendance and included the first progeny of outstanding sires Wheetelande 148159 ($22,000), Wingamin 140180 ($9500) and Anden 130288 (AI).

Also on display was Anden Cruiser 150277, the Australian meat sheep record priced ram purchased by the Hulls last year for $68,000, creating much positive comment and eagerness for next year’s offering.

David (Ned) and Melisa Wendland repeated last year’s top price purchasing honours when they bid to the $5000 top price for KW 160041, a son of the extreme performance AI sire Anden 130288.

The ram was the highest performer in the catalogue with figures of 19.6 for Pwwt, -1.0 for Pfat, 0.8 for Pemd and a Carcase Plus index of 212.

Ned also purchased another A130288 son for $2400.

The second top price of $2900 did not come until lot 111. Sired by Wh 148159 and with a 205 C+ index, long term top end buyers Gus and Ashley May, Mayome, Kyancutta snapped up this youngster to add to an earlier $1800 purchase, another WH 8159 son with a C+ 209 index.

Not letting the season restrict his buying, Ben Berg, DA & BJ Berg & Son, Kyancutta was a very strong contributor to the overall result.

He was the biggest volume buyer with eight rams at a $1988 average.

Included was the $2800 third priced ram KW 160585, one of the youngest in the catalogue.

To honour the late Brenton Joyce, the agent who was of great assistance to the Hull family when they established the stud under their management, they offer a charity ram each year with proceeds to the Cancer Council.

This year the charity ram made $2600 and was another of the eight purchased by Ben Berg.

The front end of the sale matched last year’s strength with 19 rams selling for $2000 or better.

However the sustained middle ground bidding was lesser and it was a case of average breaking value from the mid sale onwards; which was no reflection on the depth of quality in the last half of the sale.

The first 60 rams averaged $1547 while the last 60 averaged $930.

Buyers operating at the top end with select purchases included Woodleigh Hills, Spalding (two ave $2200), Hebberman Bros, Poochera (three ave $1800) and MJ & AJ Hoffrichter, Ceduna (one at $2600).

Other significant volume buyers were CD & JG Sampson, Warramboo (seven ave $1043), BJ Sauer, Waikerie (seven ave $843), RW & DL Bottrall & T Anderson, Caltowie (seven ave $1371) and PT & AV Heath & Sons, Kyancutta (six ave $1333). Five other clients purchased 5 rams each.

The combined sale agents Eyre Peninsula Livestock, Quality Livestock and Landmark provided all the registered buyers, with Ben Dickenson (EPL) and Simon Seppelt (QL) sharing the auctioneering duties.