Top ram at $16,000

Last updated 07:53 04/12/2013

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A southdown ram selling for $16,000 to an Oxford farmer topped the catalogue at Canterbury's major ram and ewe sale.

The southdown ram presented by Blenheim father and daughter, Ian and Christina Jordan from Willowhaugh Enterprises, was sold to A D Gillespie of Oxford.

The Jordans offered a selection of southdowns that were prizewinners at last month's Canterbury A & P Show. A southdown trio won the all breeds food and fibre trifecta including the ram winning the best carcass sheep class.

Sales for the line-up of 263 rams and 10 ewes clipped $306,000 at the Canterbury A&P Association Ram and Ewe Sale on Friday.

This was up on last year's result, however, sale averages were down at $1867 for rams and $287 for ewes.

Last year's drought in the North Island and a large ewe kill were contributing factors to lower individual prices, said PGG Wrightson NZ Livestock genetics manager Bruce Orr.

"The biggest driver is the continuing depreciation of commercial ewes in all provinces of New Zealand, the follow on is that stud breeders are selling [fewer] commercial rams." Fairfax NZ

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- The Marlborough Express

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