Strong lamb season reflected in Leween average

Lisa MorrisonCountryman

Almost all Poll Dorset rams on offer from the Leween stud last week were snapped up by buyers following a season of strong lamb prices.

Lewis and Maureen Shepherd and Son's annual sale, held on Stanley and Suzanne Hall's Monte Verde stud in Tenterden, attracted buyers looking to invest in genetics for quick maturing lambs.

Landmark Mt Barker auctioneer Charlie Staite said selling 46 of the 52 poll dorset rams on offer was a very pleasing result.

"The condition of the rams up for sale was excellent," Mr Staite said.

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"They are all showing signs of a good season … all the buyers are repeat, long-standing clients."

Murray Valley Grazing owner Brad McLean was successful in his $950 bid for the top-priced ram, with an average of $614.13 for the 46 sold on the day.

Seller Tim Shepherd said the high percentage of sales was due to a good lamb season.

"I am happy with the result," Mr Shepherd said.

"A good season and good lamb prices have supported a good sale to loyal clients."

Volume buyers Pardee Grazing and WG Wright and Co both took home eight rams, while SA and CA Beech, Lindsay Pastoral and AB and KA parsons all purchased six rams each.

Leween Stud ram sale * Breed Off Sold Top Ave Poll Dorset 52 46 950 614.13

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