The 26th Annual White Suffolk Ram Sale was held at 11.30am on Wednesday 9th September 2020.
Farrer Rams held strong in its 26th annual on-property ram sale topping at $14,500 and averaging $2,282 in one of its best sales ever. Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School Stud Manager Darren Smith was delighted with the sale which was held entirely online through Auctionsplus due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Returning and new stud and commercial buyers from across Australia participated in the sale which offered 57 rams for a 100% clearance, with rams going to NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Mr Smith said buyers were chasing low birth weight, high muscling and worm resistant sires with good meat-eating qualities. Over 50% of the offering was in the top 1% of LEQ rams in Australia.
The restrictions meant that while some buyers were able to view the rams individually at open days before the sale, many conducted virtual inspections via video call, a first for the school.
Mr Smith thanked Garvin and Cousins who were the agents for the online sale as well as the Farrer Year 10 Animal Management students who were actively involved in the direction and management of the stud. Their contributions include DNA testing, sire selection, crutching, shearing the sheep including sale rams, vaccinating, drenching and lambing supervision.
“I thank the students for their commitment, effort and interest in striving to continually improve the Farrer White Suffolk sheep and stud,” he said.
Special mention also to the farm staff for their continual assistance with the sheep and support of the students in undertaking the many husbandry duties.
(Pictured: Will Ticehurst, Hayden Moore and Hugh Shadwell holding Farrer 190001, purchased by Gemini and Bundarra Downs White Suffolks for $14,500.)