Telpara record-breaker closes stud sale season

Quality Livestock's David Whittenbury, Mallee Hill stud principal Warren Beattie, buyers Reece and Les Hull and Quality Wool's Simon Seppelt with the top-priced ram at the stud's August 9 ram sale near Ceduna, SA. Picture: Luca Cetta

FEARS that tough seasonal conditions could have an adverse affect on 2019 stud sales largely haven’t come to fruition, with high clearance rates and competitive prices headlining Quality Wool and Livestock’s season.

While the bulk of Quality’s schedule took place in a packed three-week block in August, it officially drew to a close after the October 11th sale at Telpara Suffolks and Hampshire Downs in the Adelaide Hills.

And fittingly, the stud’s fourth annual sale produced a high note to end the season on, with a Suffolk ram described as “balanced, deep and deserving of stud duties” making $8000 and smashing the stud’s record top price.

The top-priced ram was part of a wider offering of 43 head presented by the Pearce family and guest vendors Peter and Julie Button, Ramsay Park, Minlaton, of which 36 sold averaging $1236.

There was also 17 2018-drop Suffolk ewes offered on the day, with all 17 sold averaging $774 and the $1450 top-price ewe heading to Seymour Vale Suffolks, Tungkillo.

Rewinding to nine weeks earlier, the season officially kicked off at Mallee Hill Stud near Ceduna, SA with the 14th annual on-property sale for Principal Warren Beattie.

Despite the difficulties farmers have faced in the Far West region after a testing season, it was still an impressive result for Mallee Hill selling 84 of the 91 rams on offer during the auction at an average price of $1121 (virtually on par with the 2018 sale), with the top-priced $4400 ram going to repeat buyer Les Hull (Elliston, SA).

The 2019 season also delivered a historic first on August 17th, with the Hammat family holding their maiden on-property Baderloo stud ram auction in Spalding.

With 50 registered buyers on-site or bidding via AuctionsPlus, the Hammats sold 96/100 of the SRS Poll Merino rams offered, with a new stud sale record top price set of $5800 (topping the previous high of $4300) and an average of $1904.

The $5800 top price ram was bought by the Grosser family, Narcoota Poll Merino Stud, Eudunda.

Two sales in three days from August 20-22 on the Eyre Peninsula also saw prices and clearance rates unabated by challenging conditions, with excellent results for both Kattata Well White Suffolks and Minta Merino and Poll Merinos.

A perfect 120/120 rams were sold at Kattata Well for delighted vendors the Hull family, with last year’s top price of $3000 matched (purchased by Mark Hoffrichter, Ceduna) and an average of $1221, while Minta’s larger 2019 offering (26 more rams than 2018) proved no obstacle as 128/136 sold to $7000 twice, a $1000 increase on last year.

The sale average also jumped more than $400 on 2018, breaking the $2000 barrier to sit at $2130.

Moving to the Mid North, a sire with “stud wool” and an admirable bloodline attracted plenty of attention at the Rices Creek sixth annual on-property sale at Saddleworth on August 27th, achieving the top price of $6000.

The sale had full clearance of the 130 Poll Merino rams, and continued its yearly lift in the average – up nearly $50 to $2342.

Quality’s penultimate sale for the season on September 17th at Kiandra Poll Merino saw the top-price $5,200 ram go to AK and JE Terry of Naracoorte, amid a healthy clearance of 64/80 head for pleased vendors Ryan and Sarah Kluska.

For a comprehensive list of 2019 ram sale results as well as details of upcoming sales, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2lVEjWs