One-hundred years of Border Leicester breeding attracted keen buyers to one of Victoria’s pioneering stud farms, Kelso Park at Tatura, on Wednesday for stage one of its dispersal sale.ALEXANDRA BATHMAN May 21, 2014 8:00am
One-hundred years of Border Leicester breeding attracted keen buyers to one of Victoria’s pioneering stud farms, Kelso Park at Tatura, on Wednesday for stage one of its dispersal sale.
The 2011 Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show champion ram Destiny opened the big day for owners Bruce and Ann Starritt and sold for the top bid of $4500 to breeder Ian Roan from Homestead Cottage at Glencoe.
A total of 251 mature mated ewes and five stud sires went under the hammer.
Mr Starritt said he was happy with the champion’s new home and that the rams’ total value was $19
Three other breeders bought 200 AI tubes each for $5000, which will give them about four years of supply.
One of the three breeders, Ashley Corkhill from stud Normanhurst at Boorowa in NSW, said the deal was an opportunity he and his brother Tom couldn’t pass.
‘‘He is a ram that will go well with our sheep and add some style and character,’’ Mr Corkhill said.
‘‘We have already used him for AI in 2012 and they are some very good ewes.’’
The second-highest price for a sire was $2750 from a breeder at Wattle Farm stud at Temora, NSW.
The highest price for the ewes was $1550 paid by Ewenmar stud at Rawsonville, NSW, and the average price of drops from 2009 to 2012 was $368.
The sale has not marked the end of breeding for the Starritts; a second stage will be held in October.
Heading into retirement, Mr Starritt said he would keep about 20 to 30 ewes with the high fecundity Baroola gene.
‘‘It will keep my interest in breeding and also keep me from going berserk,’’ he said.
He said although his father was called mad to breed Border Leicesters north of the Great Dividing Range, Kelso Park was a success.
‘‘Myth becomes fact if you don’t challenge it.’’
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