WRATTENBULLIE stud’s sensational year in the show ring translated to its annual sale with the stud notching up one of the best Poll Dorset sales for the season. On Monday at the Naracoorte Showgrounds, Rod, Gayle, Brad and Alana Davies enjoyed a total clearance of their stud and flock rams.
Seven stud rams topped at $5600, a new stud record, and averaged $3557. Bidding for their flock ram offering was red hot with 117 lots averaging $1880 – a lift of $353 on 2017.
For many years the stud has held a successful combined sale with Leenala stud but with its flock dispersal last year the Davies went it alone for the first time. They added an extra 27 rams to help some of these loyal clients fill their orders but demand still outpaced supply.
Lot 1 – the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show supreme Poll Dorset exhibit – attracted plenty of pre-sale interest before selling to Konongwootong stud, Coleraine, Vic for the top price.
Stud principals Alistair and Jessica Sutherland have been watching the progress of 295-17, a May 2017 drop since Hamilton Sheepvention in July. “It has wonderful length of carcase and length of loin ratio, a good upstanding, well formed sheep with lots of meat in the hindquarter,” Mrs Sutherland said.
The sale topper was sired by a Wrattenbullie prefix ram sold in the 2017 sale. The Sutherlands also picked up Lot 9 at $5000, a ram elevated from the flock offering to the stud line-up. “They were a tremendous line-up of rams, all of good quality that would do a job in any stud,” she said.