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There were 275 rams sold for an overall average of $1375 — a 30% increase on last year, Mr Giddings said.
That was in keeping with current product prices — “historically the old adage has always been that a ram is equivalent to the price of 10 lambs — with these early store lambs making around $130 at the moment, we were probably right on target,’’ he said.
What he was most pleased about was the positive atmosphere at the sale. “We saw this at the Christchurch Show — young people in particular are excited about sheep and really want to be sheep farmers and see a real future for the industry, which is great to see.”
Romneys averaged $1650, top $3200 to Rodney Ruxton of Outram. Romdales averaged $1260, top $2100 to S K Paterson of Ranfurly. Perendale x Texel x Romneys averaged $1700, top $2900 to Gorge Creek Flat. Texel x Romneys averaged $1230, top $1800 to Strathallan Run. 1/4 Texel x 3/4 Romney averaged $1000, top $1350 to G Ewing. Kelso x Romney averaged $1230, top $1450 × 2 Miles Henderson of Waitati, E&D Cartwright, Waitohi. Kelso Maternals averaged $1000, top $1250, G J & J O Marshall, Little Akaloa. Kelso Terminals averaged $1300, top $2600 to Gorge Creek Flat.