Another year for Kojonup sale

Kate MatthewsCountryman

Kojonup’s ram pavilion will be bursting at the seams when 260 rams from five breeds go up for auction in a revamped Supreme Sucker Sire (SSS) sale on October 12.

Last year’s historic dispersal of the Wright family’s Pine Avenue Poll Dorset stud led many to believe it could be the end of the sale.

But thanks to plenty of enthusiasm from buyers of Pine Avenue progeny as well as stud breeders from four other breeds, this year’s SSS sale is set to be huge.

Glencraobh/Amberley stud principal Garry Mitchell said there would be 160 Pine Avenue-blood Poll Dorset rams from three studs at the sale, with most having pure Pine Avenue genetics.

The rams will be offered by Garry’s stud as well as George Pearce and daughter Felicity Hallett’s Orrvale stud and Craig Heggerton’s Sherwood stud.

Also up for auction will be 30 Karinya Suffolk rams from John and Julie Philipps, 25 JimJan Texels from Jim and Jan Glover, 25 Willow Springs Border Leicesters from Griff and Tracey Chomley and 20 Crystal Ridge Samms from Steve and Murray Magini.

“It will be one of the biggest multi-breed sales held,” Garry said.

For Orrvale, Crystal Ridge and Sherwood, it will be the first time their clients have the chance to buy in an auction.

Joint auctioneers Landmark’s Troy Hornby and Elders’ Daniel Sugars said they were excited about a new and successful era of the SSS sale.

The SSS sale has been held for 19 years and originated after the Kojonup Stud Breeders Association built the ram pavilion.

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