A Mt Guardian perendale ram once again set the benchmark at the Gore Ram Fair in Southland yesterday.
Parnassus stud breeder Tim Anderson and his son Edward achieved the top price of $10,000 for their two-tooth perendale, which was bought by Matt and Dave McKelvie and Warren Ayers, of Mimihau.
The McKelvie brothers said they often bought rams in partnership with the Ayers as it was a good way to get hold of top rams at a good price.
"We can get more bang for our buck," Matt said.
The McKelvies said the ram, was the "complete package" because of its strong figures, which included good growth rates, fertility and a top footrot score. Mr Anderson said the ram had been used as a ram hogget and now had lambs on the ground which were performing well.
"He stood out as a hogget and I've ranked him right through. He's also got a lovely fleece," he said.
Mr Anderson, who is also president of the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand, said the perendales made "relatively good money" and the top genetics were highly sought after.
It was the highest price paid for a perendale sire this season.
The Frances, of Moa Flat, achieved the second highest price of $9000 for a perendale ram while Newhaven Perendales sold one for $6500 and the Gardynes, of Oturehua, sold one for $6000.
A total of 42 rams sold for an average price of $2374 compared with last year's average of $2733.
Meanwhile, Lance and Bev Wilson, of the Te Rae stud, sold the top-priced coopworth ram for $4000 to Mark Bryson, of Venlaw.
The Wilsons sold another ram for $2500 and one for $2100.
A total of 15 coopworth rams sold for an average $1713 which was higher than last year's average of $1185. While the McKelvies shelled out good money for the top perendale ram they also achieved the top price of $3000 for a cheviot ram.
The Sinclair family, of Ashburton, also sold a cheviot ram for $3000.
Ten border leicester rams sold for an average $1680 with G. Letham, of Ashburton, achieving the top price of $2900.
The ram fair continues today with the sale of terminal sire rams.
- The Southland Times