Curlew Creek tops All Breeds

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Elders WA livestock manager Simon Wilkinson, York farmer Laurie Fairclough, Landmark agent Roy Addis, and Curlew Creek Poll Dorset stud co-principal Collyn Garnett, of Gnowangerup, with the $14,000 top-priced ram.
Camera IconElders WA livestock manager Simon Wilkinson, York farmer Laurie Fairclough, Landmark agent Roy Addis, and Curlew Creek Poll Dorset stud co-principal Collyn Garnett, of Gnowangerup, with the $14,000 top-priced ram. Credit: Bob Garnant

The Garnett family, of Curlew Creek Poll Dorset stud, at Gnowangerup, were the top-price getters at the Perth Royal Show All Breeds Ram and Ewe Sale, held last Friday.

Inspecting the Garnetts’ ram before an early departure to his farm in Victoria, Ian Sutherland, of Deloraine Downs Poll Dorset stud at Konongwootong, had confidence his absentee bidding would secure the ram.

With three bidders taking interest, the Poll Dorset was knocked down for $14,000 to the Victorian account, with Laurie Fairclough, of York, bidding on Mr Sutherland’s behalf.

“It was a very correct and complete ram and we were keen to use a ram in the stud with high eye muscle depth,” Mr Sutherland said.

“We bought a Curlew Creek ram previously with good results.”

The sale topper, Curlew Creek 274, sired by CC 626, recorded Lambplan figures of 0.33 BWT, 9.9 WWT, 15.2 PWT, 4.7 PEMD, -0.3 PFAT and a Carcase+ of 231.

The ram placed first in the Balmoral ram under 1.5 years class, with 12 entries, during the Poll Dorset breed judging at the Perth Royal Show.

Curlew Creek offered two rams at the sale, with the other selling for $3000 to Narrogin account Bradscott.

The $5600 second top-priced ram, offered by the Squires family, of Shirlee Downs Poll Dorset stud,at Quairading, sold to repeat buying account AC & DA Hathaway, of Brookton.

The Shirlee Downs ram was earlier sashed reserve champion ram during the breed judging at the Perth Royal Show.

Overall, the sale offered 42 rams with 21 selling for an average price of $3591.

Eneabba sheep producer Chris Patmore secured two Poll Dorset rams for an average price of $2700.

“Because of seasonal conditions, I have reduced ewe numbers and required less rams this year,” he said.

The Levett family, of Tipperary Poll Dorset stud, at Walkaway, offered two rams, with one selling for $4000 to stud account Orrvale Poll Dorsets, of Kojonup.

Tipperary studmaster Randell Levett was the underbidder on the Curlew Creek sale topper.

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