We had a good ram selling season in 2018 and picked up some new clients from our annual ram sale. After discussions with us on our future and what they can expect from using Lampata rams, we are pleased these people came our way.
The following abbreviated sale report was compiled by Mark Scown from the Stock Journal
The 2018 Lampata Poll Merino ram sale at Lameroo, saw 56 rams sell to a top of $3100, average $1369 and achieve a near total clearance in their main auction for their unique type of performance and total sheep productivity based Poll Merino rams.
Buyers consistently return for these Lampata rams, with genetics that are very strong in the main profit-making traits of Meat, Wool and Fertility that the Pocock family have specifically selected for many decades.
The top priced ram was lot 29, Lampata 17172Tw and sold to return buyer, Ben Hunt, Nalang Farms based at Mundulla. This ram boasted the equal highest Cfat percentage of 121.2, while its EMD% was near the top at 111.1. Ben bought four rams at an average of $1925, with all their purchases ranking at the top end for eye muscle and fat.
Another long term Lampata client who bid strongly was the Knight Family Trust from Buccleuch. Milton and Andrew Knight bought 8 rams including one from the mini auction, twice paying a top of $1700 and averaging $1228.
Despite the toughness of the season in their area, Ray & David Elleway from Cleve again purchased strongly throughout the catalogue, securing 6 rams to a top of $2100 and averaged $1616. Other major volume buyers were Paul Wallis from Serviceton who purchased 5 rams to a top of $1600 twice, to average $1220; and Jax Joynt, Meribah with 5 rams to a top of $1300 to average $889, then adding another three from the mini auction.
“It is a tough season, and we appreciate that some buyers north of here were unable to operate this year. However, we are very confident in the future of the sheep industry,” Lampata principal Bruce Pocock said.
Elders auctioneer Steve Doecke commended the Pocock Family on their presentation of the catalogued sale rams, with full figures being available. He made special mention about the eye muscle and positive fat figures throughout the catalogue and the effect these traits have on twinning and fertility selection.
Overall, it was a good solid sale with widespread support. Buyers were able to find quality rams to match their varying budgets throughout the sale.
Pictured with the $3100 top priced ram at the Lampata sale are purchaser, Ben Hunt, Mundulla, Robert Pocock holding the ram, Elders Lameroo’s Jarryd Finch, Bruce Pocock and Elders auctioneer Steve Doecke