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2022 Sale Report

2021
Offered 200
Sold 187
Top $5800
Average $2198
2022
Offered 260
Sold 186
Top $6600
Average $2208.24
Sandalwood Poll Merinos Sale Topper, lot 19, $6,600 (left) Matt Lewis of Golding Livestock, Nutrien Loxton, Simon Lehmann of Spence & Dix co, Curly Golding of Golding Livestock, Nutrien Loxton, Justin Boughen of Sandalwood Poll Merinos, Richard Miller of Nutrien Livestock Auctioneer.

Consistent lineup of Sandalwood Poll Merinos

Lot 19, a Sandalwood Poll Merino (SPM610) sired ram, took the top price of $6600 at the Sandalwood Poll Merino sale on Friday.

The ram, purchased by the Rudiger family of Elton Downs, Karoonda, weighed 96kg, had a micron of 18.2, S.D 2.3, C.V 12.6, C.F 99.8, Fat 5.8 and eye muscle depth of 41.

Representing the Rudgier family, Spence Dix & Co’s Simon Lehmann said they felt Lot 19 presented itself very, very well.

Mr Lehmann said he had a long body, deep hindquarters and the extra rib “really took their eye”.

“(he had) Nice long staple, long white crimp and good depth of body and frame on him,” he said.

Elton Downs also purchased Lot 4 – a Tamaleuaca sired ram – for $2800, with a micron of 19.4, S.D 3.0, C.V 15.5, C.F 99.7, weighing 91kg, fat score of 5.4 and EMD of 40.0, saying they were very happy with how he came up as well.

The Sandalwood Poll Merino sale day started strong with Lot 1; a 105kg, 18.6 micron ram selling under the hammer for $5000 to the CA Hampel and Partners of Meribah.

Lot 7 (sired by Banavie), purchased by GJ HJ DJ & BM Collins, of North Well Station SA, and Lot 10 (sired by SPM610 – Sandalwood Poll Merinos), purchased by Warrananga Props, of Wentworth NSW, both came in with the equal second top price of $5200.

Volume (and repeat) buyers CH, AM, DC, MJ, Zadow of Karoonda took home 15 Sandalwood Poll Merino rams, to a top of $3200 at an average of $1946.

Other volume buyers included Cavanagh Farms, Tintinara, who took home 13 to a top of $4600, David W Francis, of Wanbi SA, who took 11 rams to a top of $1300 and Ramsden Primary Producers, of Naracoorte, who took 10 to a top of $2000.

This year’s sale saw 186 of 260 rams offered and sold to an average of $2208.24.

For long-time repeat and volume buyers, the Ling family of Mount Benson, SA’s South East, they’ve just added another 10 rams to their flock.

They’ve used the Sandalwood (formerly Kamora Netley Park) ram bloodlines for the past 28 years to support their program of 4000 ewes. Representing the family, Alex Ling said they look for a medium density, nice, bold, thick animal, with a micron reading between 18-19.
“We are quite happy with what we have got and what we’ve selected this year,” Alex said.

Upon welcoming all to the sale, stud principal Justin Boughen thanked all for turning out for the event.

Pleased with how the auction went – from return buyers to new clients – Mr Boughen looked forward to speaking with buyers before they left to discuss breeding and flock objectives.

“We are happy to fill the shed up each year, even if we don’t sell them all, we would rather our clients go home with rams that meet their expectations and production needs,” Mr Boughen said.

He also wanted their feedback of the rams offered (and what the buyers purchased) on the day.  

Mr Miller and Mr Redden both agreed this year’s lineup of rams was consistent from Lot 1 right through to the final.

Mr Redden said there was a good representation of buyers from multiple areas including NSW and Victoria in high rainfall zones, to local Mallee breeders and into drier low-rainfall areas.

“There’s something here for everyone. The guts and style of the wool right through to the end of the sale was particularly impressive and the fact they seem to be able to thrive in those various rainfall areas is a credit to them (the Boughen family),” Mr Redden said.

The sale was conducted by NutrienAg Solutions and streamed via AuctionsPlus.

 

Sandalwood Poll Merinos Sale Topper, lot 19, $6,600 (left) Matt Lewis of Golding Livestock, Nutrien Loxton, Simon Lehmann of Spence & Dix co, Curly Golding of Golding Livestock, Nutrien Loxton, Justin Boughen of Sandalwood Poll Merinos, Richard Miller of Nutrien Livestock Auctioneer.

We breed these sheep to make a profit ourselves knowing that the people who buy them will to. We are proud that our breeding can cope with any environment. From drought country to high rain fall regions, the South East of South Australia through to Victoria, and all parts of New South Wales. Sandalwood Poll Merinos thrive in any environment.