Full clearance for white suffolk rams

TOP: Naomi and Brad Medlyn of Clover Valley White Suffolks and Rodwells' Brian Dixon with one of the top-selling rams. Picture: NORTH CENTRAL NEWS

TOP: Naomi and Brad Medlyn of Clover Valley White Suffolks and Rodwells' Brian Dixon with one of the top-selling rams. Picture: NORTH CENTRAL NEWS

THE team at Clover Valley White Suffolks achieved a full clearance at their fourth annual on-property ram sale.

Brad and Naomi Medlyn sold all 35 rams they offered last month at their Stuart Mill property.

The past three of their on-property ram sales have been conducted by the Helmsman auction system.

Mr Medlyn said most of the rams sold to the local areas of St Arnaud, Maryborough and Donald.

Repeat buyers P. and K. Sheridan of Donald purchased one of three rams at the top price of $1300.

Mr Medlyn thought the three April and May drop rams were very good before the sale, combining great figures and phenotype.

He said they had length and good muscle for which they aim to breed.

The top-priced rams were all by a Laurel View ram that the Medlyns purchased from Daniel and Tracey Baumgartner when they acquired the stud.

They had eye muscle areas of 47.86, 40.04 and 38.6 respectively.

Mr Medlyn said they aimed for length in their rams because it meant their clients could get fast-growing lambs out of them, with minimal lambing problems.

Since the Medlyns established the stud seven years ago, they have developed a good client base and they were pleased to see many clients return to last month’s sale and to welcome new buyers.

Their support saw eight rams sell for more than $1000, with the sale achieving an average price of $930, similar to last year’s result, but across five more rams sold.

Two buyers put together larger drafts of rams, with one buying eight rams and another buying five.

Both were from the St Arnaud area and paid an average of $906 and $887 respectively.

Mr Medlyn said the strong lamb market had boosted buyers’ confidence.

“The lamb prices are pretty good and the sheep job generally is holding up well,” he said.

Rodwells St Arnaud conducted the sale with Wayne Driscoll acting as the auctioneer.

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