Three breeds attract positive bids at Squires sale

Bob GarnantCountryman
Elders stud stock agent Preston Clarke, buyer of the $3000 top-priced Poll Dorset ram Ron Minchin, of Mander stud at Quairading, Shirlee Down stud co-principals Adrian, Chris and Sascha Squires, of Quairading, and Landmark auctioneer Michael Altus.
Camera IconElders stud stock agent Preston Clarke, buyer of the $3000 top-priced Poll Dorset ram Ron Minchin, of Mander stud at Quairading, Shirlee Down stud co-principals Adrian, Chris and Sascha Squires, of Quairading, and Landmark auctioneer Michael Altus. Credit: Bob Garnant

The Squires family of Shirlee Downs studs at Quairading offered three breeds of prime lamb rams with a Poll Dorset topping the sale at $3000 during their on-property sale held last Friday.

Overall, the sale offered a total of 243 rams, including Poll Dorsets, Prime SAMMs and new to the sale this year, White Suffolks.

With tough seasonal conditions, only 166 rams were sold for an average price of $1136.

Landmark auctioneer Michael Altus said the sale was affected by the number of ewes that had left the system in WA because of poor feed conditions.

Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Chris Squires said it had been a tight year for feed at his family’s farm.

The sale topper, Shirlee Downs tag No.269, out of pen four, sold to repeat buyers Ron and Fay Minchin, of Mander stud, Quairading.

With the $2000 top-priced Prime SAMM ram was Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Adrian Squires, of Quairading, buyer Graham Sutherland, of Badgingarra, Sascha Squires, and Landmark auctioneer Michael Altus.
Camera IconWith the $2000 top-priced Prime SAMM ram was Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Adrian Squires, of Quairading, buyer Graham Sutherland, of Badgingarra, Sascha Squires, and Landmark auctioneer Michael Altus. Credit: Bob Garnant

“This ram was our first pick and we were after outcross genetics with good size and conformation,” Mrs Minchin said.

The ram, sired by an Armdale Park 536, was a twin and recorded Lambplan figures of 8.6 WWT, 12.8 PWWT, -0.6 PFAT, 0.9 PEMD and a Carcase+ of 178.90.

Eringa Park stud co-principal Andrew Tunstill, of Kalannie, secured two rams from the Poll Dorset stud catalogue, paying $2100 and $1700.

“I was selecting for good eye muscle depth, smooth shoulders and low birthweight,” he said.

In the Prime SAMM catalogue, repeat buyer Graham Sutherland, of Sandown SAMMs stud, of Badgingarra, secured the $2000 top-price ram, Shirlee Downs tag number 1239.

“I selected the ram as an outcross stud sire which had good figures and was structurally correct,” he said.

The 21.9 micron ram, was sired by a Tiarri ram and recorded 5.4 WWT, 6.6 PWWT, 0.4 PFAT, and a 1.1 PEMD.

Mr Sutherland also bought an equal $1900 second top-price Prime SAMM ram.

Elders prime lamb specialist Michael O'Neil and Eringa Park stud co-principal Andrew Tunstill, of Kalannie, look over the catalogue of sale rams.
Camera IconElders prime lamb specialist Michael O'Neil and Eringa Park stud co-principal Andrew Tunstill, of Kalannie, look over the catalogue of sale rams. Credit: Bob Garnant

Tiarri Prime SAMM stud principal Ross Taylor, of Lake Grace, also secured a $1900 ram.

The Squires family offered their first White Suffolk rams after earlier in the year buying Luke Harding’s Burra Park stud, at Boyup Brook.

The $1300 top-priced White Suffolk ram was secured by Luke’s father, Nigel Harding, of Boyup Brook.

“We been buying my son’s rams in the past so we decided to continue at Shirlee Downs this year and we run them with Dohne cross Merino ewes,” he said.

The Hardings secured a total of eight rams for an average price of $838.

During the Poll Dorset specially selected catalogue, Tenterden account Waterson Estate secured the $1900 top-priced ram.

The long-time repeat buyer bought a total of seven rams for an average price of $1415.

Four $1700 equal second top-priced rams were also in the top line with Hyden account, Stockdale Partners, taking three of these.

Stockdale, as repeat buyers, secured a total of five rams for an average price of $1580.

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