In the process of their rebuild from the disastrous Pinery fire and having purchased a large number of Wheetelande ewes in that rebuild, the Wasleys-based Fischer family planned a sale at Farrell Flat for over a year.
“It was a move to cater for the local region producers who had supported Wheetelande for so long and to fill any void,” Troy Fischer said.
In that quest they presented an excellent line-up of 70 high quality White Suffolk rams with terrific conformation, skins and wool, plus outstanding performance levels; very industry relevant rams from an industry focussed stud.
In mixed blessings, the buyers present certainly appreciated the quality on offer and competed strongly, bidding up to $1800 and averaging $1122.
The smiles on the faces of those purchasers suggested pleasure at the great value they had received.
The only problem was there weren’t enough of them, with only 44 of the rams finding new homes.
It was an opportunity missed for those who considered attending but decided not to.
Long time Wheetelande client, Merv Robinson, Jamestown accompanied by his grandson Henry, paid the sale top twice at $1800.
Both had top performance figures and were for sons of Wheetelande 127064, the reserve junior champion from the 2013 Adelaide Royal.
Their Carcase Plus indices were 209 and 210 and they also had two of the highest Lamb Eating Quality ratings in the catalogue.
“They had length where it matters, good skins and hindquarters and they were of Wheetelande bloodlines,” Merv said.
Butterick Brothers was another Elders Jamestown and ex Wheetelande client and purchased three top rams to $1600 and at a $1267 average.
The biggest volume client was Fletcher International Exports with Landmark’s Peter Marschall doing the bidding.
He successfully bid to $1500 and averaged $1183 for 12 top rams.
Elders Roseworthy agent Paul Kilby was kept busy purchasing 10 rams for two accounts. B
urge Estates purchased three to $1000, while JH, KM & PH Neal through Elders Eudunda office averaged $1086 for seven rams, topping at $1400.
Highlighting the value were Dane and Natalie Sommerville, Windjera Ag, also buying through Elders Jamestown.
They purchased six rams at just an $850 average and couldn’t believe their luck.
“We believe the rams we put up matched in well with what has been presented at Wheetelande in the past.
“We had no expectations of the outcome but were prepared to have a crack.
“We were very pleased to be able to present high index rams of this quality as a buying option and with the support they attracted from the gallery that was present.” Troy Fischer said.