A Reduction in registered buyers failed to affect bidding activity at the Kattata Well White Suffolk stud’s recent annual on-property auction, with the Port Kenny stud achieving a strong clearance rate and almost matching its 2017 sale average.
Stud co-principals Leroy and Rohan Hull sold 112 of 120, 12 to 13-month-old rams offered to $3000.
Buyer registrations dropped from 40 in 2017 to 25 this year but the sale average fell just $24 to $1263.
More than half the line-up was sired by the $68,000 Anden ‘Cruiser’ and $22,000 Wheetelande 8159, but it was a ram by a home-bred sire that made the sale’s top price.
Kurralea stud principal Ben Prentice from Ariah Park in New South Wales paid $3000 for KW170243, having been impressed by its balance, growth, breed type and structural excellence.
The ram boasted Lambplan figures of +16.7 for post-weaning weight, -0.4 for PW fat, +1.0 for PW eye muscle depth and a Carcase Plus index of 196.
KW170243 was sired by home-bred ram KW 83, which was sired by Ashbourne 20 with Bundara Downs genetics on the dam side.
Rick and Brad Skinner from Karkoo, paid the $2500 second-highest price for 170144, a Wheetelande 8159 son with a PWWT of 18.0 and Carcase Plus index of 203.
The Skinners bought seven rams, averaging $1857.
Gary Crettenden from Yeelanna, bought 27 rams to $1900, averaging $1156.
His top buy was KW170500, a Wheetelande 8159 son weighing 118kg with a Carcase Plus index of 200.
“The Hull boys breed very good rams with the attributes I am looking for,” Mr Crettenden said.
“Our main focus is on a high post-weaning weight, a reasonable frame and good weight for age, showing they can produce lambs with the ability to grow on to heavier carcase weights.”
John Kelsh of JP Kelsh Nominees at Streaky Bay bought nine rams to $1600, averaging $1122.
Each year Kattata Well donates the proceeds of lot 45 to the Cancer Council in honour of Brenton Joyce.
This year lot 45 was bought by Keith Johnson & Sons from Streaky Bay, for $1400.
Rohan Hull said the impact of the stud’s investment in genetics was evident.
“We feel we are producing sheep our clients want and are definitely heading in the right direction,” he said.