BEST ON SHOW: George McVeigh from TopX with David Friend of Nowlan Stock and Station Agents, Paul Keevers from McLean Farms and local vendor Murray Schroder.  Pictured with the $4000 top selling ram.
BEST ON SHOW: George McVeigh from TopX with David Friend of Nowlan Stock and Station Agents, Paul Keevers from McLean Farms and local vendor Murray Schroder. Pictured with the $4000 top selling ram. Matthew Purcell

Lots cleared at second sale

A JUNE 2016 drop ram weighing in at 110kg has topped the sale at the second ever TopX Australian White Ram sale in Stanthorpe last Friday.

Stanthorpe district sheep breeders Mark and Angela Davey and Murray and Helen Schroder sold 59 Australian white rams to average $1295, representing 92 per cent at the Stanthorpe showgrounds last week.

The unique breed, a mix of white dorper, van rooy, poll dorset and texel were developed by Graham Gilmore, Tayykeel Stud, Oberon, NSW.

This is the second time these rams have been offered for auction and both vendors were delighted the interest shown and sale result.

It was a Keilah-bred ram offered by Murray and Helen Schroder, that topped the sale at $4000 for a June 2016 drop ram who weighed 110kg, bought by repeat buyer Paul Keevers, McLean Farms, Copps Hill, Pittsworth.

Mr Keevers was impressed with his top priced ram for his overall confirmation, structure and weight-for-age.

"Very good sale and the vendors can be very, very happy... particularly given the dry conditions we've got,” George McVeigh from TopX said.

"But as we've heard lamb and mutton prices have never been higher.

"So the best thing any producer can do is buy themselves a good ram and that's what they've done - they've turned up here and seen the vendors present some beautiful and they've sold like that.

"The top sale was $4000 and he was an exceptional ram. With a clearance of over 90 per cent so vendors can be happy.

"Very encouraging for the breed. Hopefully they can go on and keep producing these rams for our vendors out there.

"Last year it was tough because it's a relatively new breed. Second sale and obviously better than the first sale. It's been very pleasing,” Mr McVeigh said.

Breeder Murray Schroder had 100 per cent clearance and was ecstatic by the day's outcome.

"We're very happy with what's happened. For such a tough season and being such a new stud, it's only our second sale, I'm over the moon really.

"We're so happy with the prices and the support in a drought,” he said.

Yumbutta Pastoral Co, Meandarra, was the top buyer finishing with 12 rams to average $1325.