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2018 Sale - Retallack Border Leicester success at $9500
A commitment to breeding the best Border Leicester rams was affirmed during the 45th annual production sale of Graham and Isabella Grinter, Retallack stud, Ariah Park, when a client who had purchased from Retallack for more than 40 years paid the top price of $9500.
The offering of 26 stud rams realised the top price with 19 selling for a $2724 average while 83 of 124 flock rams sold to $1600 and averaged $1143 and 11 of 26 stud ewes sold to $700 and averaged $609.
In her 102nd year, Mrs Mollie Jeffrey stud principal of Quoin Hill Border Leicesters on Phillip Island in Victoria selected the twin son of All Too Hard out of an Im A Callum daughter for his correct carcass and great hindquarter with a very productive and even fleece.
Landmark stud sheep specialist Rick Power acted for Mrs Jeffrey, and bought two further stud rams at $2500 and $2000 on her behalf.
Volume buyers dominated the flock ram selection with D and A Doyle, Euabalong, purchasing 13 rams including four studs at $2000 each for an overall average of $1507, and Kelly Ag, Euroa, Victoria, bought 20 rams at $1000 apiece.
Talbragar Borders, Leadville, returned to purchase five stud ewes at $600 each.
Stud principal Graham Grinter was very happy with the results given it had been a difficult season for many of his clients.
“People support us and we support them,” he said.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark, Wagga Wagga, with Steve Ridley and Tim Woodham sharing rostrum duties.
Retallack Border Leicesters rams to $10,000
The 44th annual on-property sale of Graham and Isabella Grinter, Retallack Border Leicesters, Ariah Park saw a top of $10,000.
The 44th annual on-property sale on account Graham and Isabella Grinter, Retallack Border Leicesters, Ariah Park realised a top of $10,000 paid for a spring 2016 drop twin son of Retallack Earthquke when bought by return client Pat Cullen, Diona, Coonamble.
Sale results included 12 stud ewes sold to top $850 for average price $583, 17 stud rams sold to top $10,000 for average $3,544 and 109 flock rams sold to top $1,900 and average $1,198.
The top stud ram caught Mr Cullen's attention for his outstanding figures, correct conformation and because he was a twin.
He has all the characteristics I am looking for; his size, meat traits and weight will fit in well with our breeding program, he said.
Mr Cullen has been breeding first-cross ewes for 20 years, and he normally joins between five- and six-thousand Merino ewes to Border Leicesters bred in his own elite flock.
Having the background of the Retallack Border Leicesters gives me a better opportunity to sell my first-cross ewes, he said.
Mr Cullen also purchased the second top priced stud ram at $6,000.
Other good sales of stud rams included one at $5,000 bought by S. R and F Hazelwood, Pleasant View, Whitton and one also at $5,000 purchased by R. F and J. T Allen, Barnawartha, Victoria.
Volume buyers of flock rams included first time buyers Mick Findlay, Arthella, Cooma who bought 17 rams to top of $1,500 and average price $1,247.
Mr Findlay runs up to 4,000 Merino ewes and normally joined 1,500 Merino ewes to White Suffolks; but had a clean out of his rams last year and decided to move to Border Leicesters and breed first-cross ewes.
We looked at all the top ranking flock rams and hoped to buy within our limit, Mr Findlay said.
We were also looking at those rams who were either a twin or triplet for their fertility.
Return clients, E. J & Sons Merriman, Humewood, Yass brought nine rams to top of $1,700 and average price $1,556 and Daly Family Trust, Ungarie who brought six rams to top of $1,600 and average of $1,317.
Other volume buyers of flock rams included Martin Gaynor, Guyra who bought six at top $1,400 and average $1,267 and Brian Anderson, Sylvia Vale, Binda who purchased six rams to top of $1,200.
There was strong interest for the stud ewes on offer with Ben Simmons, Talbragar Borders, Leadville who purchased five to top of $850, while Mutton Family Trust, Tarcutta also bought five ewes but for $500 average price.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark, with Steve Ridley and Tim Woodham taking the bids.
Border rams top at $12,500 for Retallack at 43rd on-property production sale - 24TH OCTOBER, 2017
Offering 162 quality stock for their 44th on property production sale at Retallack Border Leicesters, Ariah Park, Graham and Isabella Grinter saw a top price of $12,500 recorded for an overall sale average of all lots sold of $1673.25.
Individual sale results:
Stud co-principal, Isabella Grinter, said she and Graham were pleased with the support shown for the top end of the offering and especially for the stud ewes.
The prices for our ewes was very pleasing and it recognises breeders are supporting our genetic depth, Mrs Grinter said.
Top priced ram, a twin son of Earth Quake was bought by Ben, Daniel and Matthew Simmons, Talbragar Borders, Koolyn, Leadville.
Ben Simmons said he had been immediately attracted to the ram when he saw it in the paddock three weeks ago.
He is an 'eye-catching' ram, Mr Simmons said.
He walks exceptionally well, is structurally correct and has an excellent carcase.
Mr Simmons said the ram's StockScan figures placed him at the top of the offering.
Top-priced stud ewe, a daughter of Heza Callum with an impressive show record in 2017, was purchased by Des Campbell, Avoca Border Leicesters, Gulgong.
He had seen the ewe in May during the state Sheep Show and Sale at Dubbo and returned to Retallack to purchase more ewes.
I liked her stretch and style and she stands well with tremendous femininity, Mr Campbell said.
The Retallack sheep have great style and are very productive.
Top priced flock ram at $2100 was paid five times; one to Binda Holdings Pty Ltd, Binda, one to Tolldale Gunning, one to P. L. and G. L. Lieschke, Walla Walla, and two to G. and D. Allan, Moama.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark with Rick Power and Peter Godbolt (Landmark) and Steve Ridley (Elders) sharing the auctioneering.
42nd Retallack Border Leicesters on-property production sale - 7th February, 2017
Retallack buoyant sales continue.
Retallack offered 20 stud ewes with 17 clearing for an average price of $491 reaching a top of $650. A complete clearance of 24 stud rams soured to a top of $6000 and recording an average of $2094.
While a large gallery secured quality flock rams to suit their requirements with 75 rams selling from the 120 catalogued averaging $943. The top rams and ewes attracted stud producers from Baradine to Ararat.
David and Carol Jackson, Jackson Border Leicesters, Moyston, Victoria, purchased the top price ram for $6000, a twin by the Ima Callum sire.
A standout in Mr Jacksons opinion the ram was selected for his phenotype.
He had the biggest eye muscle area in the sale, and presented as a faultless sheep that suits of breeding program, Mr Jackson said.
Bred a bit different to our bloodlines, he is an outcross with a great Border Leicester fleece.
Other top prices included a Smokin Up twin brought $3750 selling to West Timbre Pastoral Company, Yeoval.
A Smokin Up twin brought $3750 selling to West Timbre Pastoral Company, Yeoval, and Rod Frohling, Burrumbuttock, secured a Left Handed son for $3500
While Loch Lohmond Border Leicester stud, Baradine, and R Cosgrove, West Charlton, Rockley, both paid $3000 for their selections.
Two Dot Station, Moyston, Victoria, purchased a I'ma Callum daughter the equal top-price ewe for $650.
Glenlee Park Stud, Glenlee, Victoria, purchased the second equal top-price ewe an Exceed and Excell daughter for $650 as well as an Old Timer daughter for $550.
Long-time supporters Simmons Brothers, Talbragor Borders, Leadville, were the volume ewe buyers securing four for a $550 average.
Leading the volume buyers in the rams E.J. Merriman and Son, Ravensworth, Yass, a return client of seven years, purchased 10 rams for an average of $1020.
A Kennedy, Nyngan, purchased eight rams to average $813, and J.W. and R.M. Guthrie, Delegate, bought seven to average $1122.
The strength continued with six purchasers securing drafts five rams.
These included undisclosed Landmark Goulburn client, P and M Burden Mt View, Narrandera, R.J and J Granger, Pine Hill, Gunning, J.R and S.A Cottle, Shirley, Nimmitibell, R.C and Y.E Bennett, Ariah Park, and T.J and K Davidson, Young.
Retallack principal Graham Grinter said he was pleased with the sale. It's good to see buyers able to secure quality drafts of rams to suit their requirements at a price point that is both affordable and fair, Mr Grinter said.
The sale was conducted by agents in conjunction Landmark and Elders with Rick Power, Peter Goldbolt, and Joe Wilks the auctioneers for their respective companies.