2021 Sale Report
All three Nutrien Ag auctioneer representatives agreed the carcass quality, on show on the day, was excellent on the Sandalwood Poll Merinos – formerly Kamora Netley Park – rams.
In a post-auction interview, Nutrien Ag auctioneer Leo Redden said with an eye muscle average over 40 and really good fat cover on the sheep, there was a lot to look forward to.
“These are heritable traits that will pay big dollars for the clients when they kill lambs over the next few generations. Carcass is king at the moment, so well done on that,” Mr Redden said.
Sandalwood’s auction saw more than 40 registered buyers in attendance as well as 15 via AuctionsPlus – it was the stud’s first auction using the online platform.
Lot 22, tag 41, weighing in at 108.5kg sold for the top at $5800 to Redbanks on Kangaroo Island.
Son of Kamora Netley Park Syndicate, lot 22 has an eye muscle depth measurement of 43, 17.4 micron, a comfort factor of 99.8, standard deviation of 2.5, coefficient of variation 14.4.
Buyers registered from Kangaroo Island, Streaky Bay, the South East and into New South Wales.
Elton Downs, of Karoonda, purchased lot 2 with tag 134 for $5600 – the second top for the day.
The next two tops came in at $5400 each; lot 12 with tag 110 sold to Warrananga Props, of Wentworth NSW and lot 41 with tag 560 purchased by CA Hampel & Partners, of Meribah near Loxton.
Several volume buyers were present, including AuctionsPlus bidders PI & KE Parker, of Mount Benson, Kingston in SA’s South East who purchased 20 at $800/head.
Closely followed by other volume buyers Ramsden Primary at Binnum with 18 rams and 12 were purchased by Kavanagh Farms, Tintinara.
With 187 of the 200 offered for sale, this year’s average was $2198/head, an increase of $106 from last year’s sale. In the mini sale, 27 sold with an $835 average.
Golding Livestock Agencies, Nutrien Ag Loxton stock agent Andrew ‘Curly’ Golding said it was a great result for Sandalwood Poll Merinos.
“Highlights include great local support and the stud using AuctionsPlus for the first time,” Curly said.
“It was a great result for the Boughens and I’m looking forward to next year.”
Nutrien Ag auctioneers agreed with the collective data that it was a genetic testament to what was happening at Sandalwood.
Whilst a rebrand to Sandalwood Poll Merinos from Kamora Netley Park, the breeding objective will still remain the same; to produce large-framed, well structured sheep, with bright, white, well-nourished and soft handling wool in the 18-20 micron range with a fleece weight of 8-9kg.
Stud principal Justin Boughen said they aimed to modernise their stud and continue to breed profit drivers for all their clients and the industry.
“We look forward to continuing to improve our genetics. Our sheep have good skin types, white wools with nourishment, long structure and heavy cutting ability, excellent carcasses and good doing ability. However, we feel the type of sheep and breeding we are moving forward into the future deserves its own unique marketing and new branding,” Mr Boughen said.
“As a family we look forward to the future direction we are heading and have decided to rebrand Kamora & Netley Park to Sandalwood Poll Merinos with a new sale date next year (to be decided on after this year’s sale).”
“We are very excited as a family to improve and present this type of Poll merino that can handle all corners of Australia. We breed profit drivers and believe that if we can make money out of our sheep, so can our clients.”
In response to the on-site auction, Mr Boughen was thankful for the support of all bidders, underbidders, supporters and friends.
“We are very pleased with the result this year with strong support both locally and interstate through AuctionsPlus.”
The auction was conducted by Nutrien Ag.