SA buyers help lift Janmac.

SA buyers help lift Janmac.

Strong support by existing clients, plus several new buyers, contributed to a terrific sale result at Janmac Poll Dorset and White Suffolk stud at Goroke, Vic, last week.

This included a $4300 stud record paid by Kathy Simons, Pembroke stud, Telangatuk East, Vic, for a 138-kilogram son of Janmac 130299 – by Ulandi Park 110380 – with an eye muscle depth of 48 millimetres.

The Hausler family penned 140 Poll Dorset and 24 White Suffolk rams that were paddock-grown displaying weights from 120kg to 140kg, but they were ”hard” with a capacity to still grow on.

“We are not into producing pampered and soft sheep,” Grant Hausler said.

After the debacle of a false johnes test last year preventing their SA clientele from competing, the Hauslers enjoyed a subsequent lift in returns.

Overall there was a total clearance of the 164 rams on offer averaging $950, up $197 on last year’s sale.

A feature was the offering of the first Janmac progeny of Kurralea 110011, purchased in 2012 in conjunction with Ulandi Park for an Australian record at the time of $28,000. The 29 offered were sold to $2800, averaging $1171, which was 23 per cent above the overall sale average.

Michael King, Netley Park stud, Bordertown, paid the second-top price of $2800, this being for the most impressive of the K110011 sons Janmac 130076Tw.

Westech Ag’s Chris Escott jumped in early on behalf of his client Alan Goldfinch, Padthaway, selecting five rams from $1200 to $1400 to show the way.

S&R DiGiorgio’s Steve DiGiorgio, through Landmark Naracoorte, was back again and competed strongly on the top rams, purchasing 12 from $1500 down to $800 averaging $1100.

But it was last year’s volume buyers Kevin and Damien Merrett, representing their family partnership of KF,ML&PD Merrett, Apsley, Vic, who were strong top-end buyers, paying to $1700, and the biggest volume buyers again. Also buying through Westech Ag, they purchased 19 Poll Dorset rams to add to the 23 they purchased last year. They averaged $1216, up $271 on last year’s reduced-competition prices.

While the Poll Dorset average was up $233 at $976, the White Suffolk average was down $42, primarily because they sold in the second and last runs, when the competition had lessened somewhat from the hot bidding at the top end of the sale. The White Suffolks topped at $900 averaging $794.

Courtesy of Ian Turner, Stock Journal