An exceptional Ashmore White Suffolk ram with elite performance figures and structural correctness created a new record price of $13,000 for the stud at its annual on-property ram sale at Wasleys on Monday, September 25.
The top ram smashed the stud’s previous record price of $7500 set in 2014, testimony to the value placed on the ram by a significant number of top end bidders present at the sale.
The ram’s industry leading figures included low birth weight of 0.36; a mega post weaning weight of 19, positive 0.6 for fat; 2.8 for eye muscle; culminating in indices of 223 on carcase plus and 153 on the lamb eating quality index.
Offered at Lot 10, the ram was sired by Ashmore 269, a high growth ram with terrific worm resistance and eating quality traits.
Ashmore 269 has been used extensively within the stud and by other studs through semen sales.
He was purchased by a syndicate of three interstate White Suffolk studs; Omad White Suffolk stud, Kaniva, Victoria; Booloola White Suffolk stud, Bendigo, Victoria, and Induro White Suffolk stud, Barham, NSW.
Omad White Suffolk stud principal Damien Hawker bid on the ram for fellow syndicate members Shane Baker, Booloola, and Guy Treweek, Induro.
“Rams such as this, with elite performance figures and perfect structural correctness don’t come around very often,” Damien said.
“We are very excited to be injecting such strong new genetics into our studs.
“He will also provide good linkage for our studs in Lambplan.”
The depth of quality of the 10 stud rams offered was evidenced by the average price of $5410.
The Canowindra, NSW based White Suffolk stud, Kinellar, run by Victoria Patterson and her family purchased both the second and third top priced rams.
This included a $9750 ram with low birth weight of 0.34; a mega post weaning weight of 18.4, positive 0.6 for fat; 2.8 for eye muscle; plus 221 on carcase plus and 150 on eating quality.
The 153-head commercial flock ram component of the sale was also very strong, achieving a top of $2600 and an average of $1466.
However, the sale also featured plenty of value buying with a good number of rams selling in the $700 to $900 price range.
The top priced commercial flock ram was purchased by Brian Koch from Stockport. This ram had weaning weight of 16.5; eye muscle depth of 2.6, carcase plus of 210 and lamb eating quality of 142.
Mark Dyson, Springmount, Inman Valley was the highest volume bidder, taking home 19 rams at an average price of $1936.
Three buyers purchased 12 rams each: Alister Sandow from Blenheim, John Day from Willaston, and Fletcher International Exports from Dubbo.
Ashmore White Suffolk stud principal Brian Fischer said the family was ecstatic with the sale, which featured the progeny of the stud’s fire recovery breeding program following the Pinery fire in November 2015.
The Fischer family paid tribute to the six White Suffolk studs who offered their genetics to the Fischer family through an embryo transfer program in that Ashmore rebuild.
The breeding program instigated from the rebuild continues to expand and the Fischer family is planning to offer up around 200 rams at their Wasleys sale in 2018 to give their clients greater selection options.