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Top ram sells for $16,000 at elite ram and ewe sale

Top ram sells for $16,000 at elite ram and ewe sale

December 2017 Cattle

The Canterbury A&P Association Elite Ram and Ewe Sale, held Friday 1 December, attracted a quality line up, with 223 Rams and 20 Ewes entered into the sale. With 156 rams selling, the average sale price was $1721 and $353 for ewes with 19 selling; total sales of $275,200 were recorded – up from $250,500 in 2016.

The highest price was reached by a Cordyline Southdown Ram (David Robertson, Omaru), selling for $16,000 (purchased by AD Gillespie, Midlands Stud, Oxford). Mr Robertson, a veterinarian from North Otago, established Cordyline stud in 2008. The $16,000 ram (Cordyline 15/16) was born a triplet and recently won Champion Southdown at the Southern Canterbury A&P Show. Mr Robertson has retained semen rights for the ram.

Other top prices included: Southdown – $8500 (Chris J Medlicott, Waimate) and $7000 (Willowhaugh Enterprises Ltd, Blenheim); Border Leicester – $4700 & $4000 (Westmere Farming Co Ltd, Ashburton); Texel – $7200 (AJ & ND McCall, Cave) and $3000 (KJ and RA Berry, Amberley); Dorset Down – $3900 (AA & LE Ellis, Amberley) and $3800 (John Burrows, Rangiora); Suffolk – $6600 (JT Miles, Ashburton), $5000 (James Gardiner, Amberley) and $4500 (Collie Hills Partnership, Kurow).

Canterbury A&P Association Ram Sale Committee Member and Livestock Agent for Rural Livestock Anthony Cox was impressed with the quality of stock on sale.

“The standard was very high, there were some good sales and it was great to see most breeds selling for good money. We also saw lots of transfers and a strong commercial undertone to the sale too. There was good buying to be had for people that were purchasing commercially.”
Sale comparisons over the past five sales:

                                             Dec 2017             Nov 2016              Nov 2015              Nov 2014                                                         Nov 2013
Total Sales                            $275,200              $250,500              $269,500                $286,725                                                          $306,120
Total Average – Ram             $1721                   $1678                  $1861                    $1782                                                                $1867
Total Average – Ewe              $353                     $379                   $250                     $234                                                                   $287
 

Total Sale Numbers:
Sold               Passed                    Withdrawn
Ram       Ewe        Ram       Ewe           Ram       Ewe           Total
November 2017  156         19           48           0              19           1              243
November 2016  145         19           86           5              25           4              272
November 2015  144         6             63           5              25           0              243
November 2014  161         24           77           2              17           0              281
November 2013  163         6           100          4              18           2              293

For more information
Nicola Henderson
Canterbury A&P Association
0274609230 | nicola@theshow.co.nz
www.theshow.co.nz

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