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South Canterbury ram sale 'a struggle'

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 11:12 27/01/2014
Ian Caird’s dorset down rams were unsold at the Temuka ram sale.
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/Fairfax NZ

HOMEWARD BOUND: Ian Caird’s dorset down rams were unsold at the Temuka ram sale.

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Vendors were certainly on the receiving end of bad news at last week's South Canterbury meat and wool breeds ram sale at Temuka.

The number of registered buyers hardly made double figures and with 100 rams catalogued, about 84 per cent were taken home after being passed in.

Top price of the sale was $450 for a south suffolk ram offered by Peter Wilson of Hadleigh Stud in Mid-Canterbury and sold through agents Rural Livestock.

Rural Livestock representative Tim White said the sale had been "a struggle".

"The rams looked good and they came from registered breeders, but there were a lot passed in."

PGGWrightson Livestock manager Joe Higgins said the sale was "a sign of the times" and reflected the state of the industry.

"Farm use is changing. Between now and the end of the year, there are a lot of sheep south from Ashburton to Otago and Southland that will be sold."

Among the disappointed vendors at the sale was Ian Caird, of Timaru, who took his group of dorset down rams back home, unsold, after their turn in the sales ring.

In spite of their top condition, there were a lot of stock back in home paddocks after their trip to the ram fair.

Doug Brown, of Punchbowl Stud in North Otago, sold some of his offerings but was critical of the timing, saying with ewe fairs scheduled to start this week, having it after them would be better timing.

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- The Timaru Herald

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