Tattykeel's $23,000 top ram

Tattykeel Poll Dorsets reach $23,000 as southern buyers pounce

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SALE TOPPER: Craig Graham and Deb Stone, Sandilands, South Australia, with their top-priced ram held by James Gilmore with his son, Hudson, 3.

SALE TOPPER: Craig Graham and Deb Stone, Sandilands, South Australia, with their top-priced ram held by James Gilmore with his son, Hudson, 3.

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Rams peaked at $23,000 and ewes at $7500 at Tattykeel's annual stud Poll Dorset sale near Oberon.

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*23 of 25 rams sold to $23,000, av $7413.04

Interstate buyers swooped to snatch the $23,000 top ram and $7500 top ewe at Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud's annual on-property sale near Oberon, NSW.

The catalogue was bristling with major show winners including 180068, a 151-kilogram son of crack sire Jackpot and supreme exhibit winner at this year's Sydney Royal Show.

Craig Graham and his partner Deb Stone, Maitland, SA won a bidding war for 180068 at $23,000.

With Mr Graham's son, Josh, the couple runs around 7000 Merino and crossbred ewes on Kangaroo Island.

Besides operating the Glencorrie Border Leicester stud, the Grahams also breed Poll Dorset rams for use in their commercial flock.

A SPECIAL EWE: Ross Gilmore, auctioneer Miles Phitzner, James Gilmore and buyer, Kerry Davis, with the top ewe.

A SPECIAL EWE: Ross Gilmore, auctioneer Miles Phitzner, James Gilmore and buyer, Kerry Davis, with the top ewe.

Mr Graham also bought six stud ewes at Tattykeel to a top of $1100.

He admired the depth of hindquarter and length of the top ram but admitted one more bid might have knocked him out of the running.

Underbidder for the top ram was Stephen Roks, Rokslee Downs Poll Dorset stud, Diamond Creek, who paid $12,000 for 180232, a 147kg son of Casino and supreme exhibit at this year's NSW Sheep Show at Dubbo.

The top price ewe is heading to Victoria after Kerry Davis, Ooluroo stud, Boho, paid $7500, believed to be an Australian record price for a Poll Dorset ewe, for a full ET sister to 180016, the supreme ewe at the Sydney Royal and NSW Sheep Show.

Mr Davis said he liked everything about the ewe and was expecting to pay between $8000 and $12,000 to take her home, where she will be flushed.

He bought another three stud ewes to a top of $900.

Philip and Kaye Morton, Garden Park Poll Dorset stud, Portland, paid $14,000 for a son of Jackpot.

SECOND TOP PRICE: Kaye and Philip Morton, Portland, Victoria, with the second top price ram held by Ross Gilmore, Tattykeel.

SECOND TOP PRICE: Kaye and Philip Morton, Portland, Victoria, with the second top price ram held by Ross Gilmore, Tattykeel.

"You can't buy rams as good as these in Victoria," Mr Morton said.

"He has perfect structure and a perfect head."

NSW studs didn't go home empty handed.

Michael and Toni Conole, Binda Poll Dorsets, Douglas Park, paid $12,000 for a son of 970080.

Phil Balcombe, Cranbrook stud, Canowindra, NSW, bought a son of Immortal and Sydney Royal reserve junior champion for $11,000.

CANOWINDRA BOUND: A happy Phil Balcombe with his new $11,000 young sire held by Ross Gilmore, Tattykeel.

CANOWINDRA BOUND: A happy Phil Balcombe with his new $11,000 young sire held by Ross Gilmore, Tattykeel.

Tattykeel principal Graham Gilmore said the family was pleased with the sale.

The 40 stud ewes saw an 82.5pc clearance for a top of $7500 and averaged $840.91.

Twenty three of 25 stud rams cleared to a top of $23,000 and averaged $7413.04.

The sale grossed $198,250.

Selling agents were Landmark Bathurst and guest auctioneer, Miles Phitzner.

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