Southdown rams record triple

Last updated 12:19 17/12/2013
Christina Jordan has had her fair share of success in the show ring and the auction arena.
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ON A ROLL: Christina Jordan has had her fair share of success in the show ring and the auction arena.

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The third part of a trifecta equation came up trumps when a southdown ram topped the Feilding ram sale at $13,500.


Continuing the southern success was the top performance by Tom and Fiona Burrows at the Royal A and P Show New Zealand at Feilding last weekend.

The couple's perendale ram hogget from their Chelmarsh stud at Horrellville, Rangiora won the overall supreme animal of the show award, presented by the Royal Agricultural Society.

Leading up to this success it won the "Perendale Golden Sash" ram hogget award and then the champion perendale ram and supreme champion perendale title before winning the wool breeds ram hogget and the supreme hogget titles in the inter-breed classes. More success followed after it won the wool breeds production pair along with another ram hogget from the same stud.

The ram hogget went into the show with some form after winning the perendale ram hogget class at the Canterbury A&P Show last month.

The ram owned by Blenheim father and daughter, Ian and Christina Jordan, from Willowhaugh Enterprises, was part of a trio winning the all breeds food and fibre trifecta at last month's Canterbury A&P Show.

Rams one and two made $16,000 and $12,000 to top the bidding at Canterbury A&P Association ram and ewe sale this month and the Jordans decided to try their hand with the third ram at the Feilding sale last week.

This paid off with the trifecta combining for a total pay day of $41,500.

The third member of the trifecta was bought by Jenny Alexander and Wayne Chisnall from Amberley and the Canterbury influence was a recurring theme at the Feilding sale.

The second highest price was $6500 for a suffolk ram from John Miles of Ashburton, bought by Canterbury breeders Andrew Adams and Warwick Seaton. The top priced south suffolk had southern origins and a dorset down making $4000 was sold by Alistair Busch from Ashburton.

Furthermore, a poll dorset ram owned by Alisdair and Paula McIlraith from Brooklands stud in Leeston was sold for $3500 to a Taihape breeder.

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PGG Wrightson national livestock genetics manager Bruce Orr said he could not recall a trio of rams making such high prices.

"That would be unsurpassed. I have never known three rams in a trifecta to average that. That's close to a ($13,800) average."

He said Miles' suffolk ram was a good representative for its breed and was judged first among its breed in a public vote followed by a $4500 ram sold by Norman and Margaret Carr from Omagh Suffolk stud in Mayfield. Orr said the McIlraith's ram was probably the best poll dorset yarded.

"The ram represented good buying and could have made more. Probably the poll dorsets are languishing in popularity while the southdowns are having a purple patch, but they come and go."

- The Press

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