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2012 Hyfield Poll Merino ram sale averages $919

October 15, 2012

The Hyfield Poll Merino Stud held their annual sale at Hyfield, Kojonup on Thursday the 11th of October, 2012.

217 rams were offered for sale with 190 lots selling under the hammer to a top price of $2600, to regular buyers David and Christina Forrester of DavJeff Nominees, Geraldton.
David and Christina purchased eight rams in total to average $1525.

Overall the sale averaged $918.68 per ram down 10% on the previous year.

Twenty-five registered buyers attended the sale with buyers attending from South Australia through to Geraldton in the mid West and Ongerup in the South.

The sale also enjoyed great local support with volume buyers Cadogan Estates of Williams purchasing 42 rams, DR & TJ Zaddow (new buyer) 29 rams and the Lord Family of Unulla Pastoral Company, Port Augusta SA purchasing 19 at auction and active procuring private selections following the sale.
Photo courtesy of Farm Weekly

Left: Studmaster Kevin Keatley with the $2600 top-priced ram purchased by the Forrester family
Photo courtesy: Farm Weekly

Congratulations to Studmaster Kevin Keatley and his team. This is a solid result when considering current market events and the tighter than normal seasonal conditions being experienced by farmers in sheep producing areas.


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Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888
Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871
Website: www.wellard.com.au

Background – Wellard Rural and Trading

Wellard is a world leader in the production and distribution of livestock and grain.

Its two largest subsidiaries are Wellard Rural Exports, Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner, and Wellard Agri, a large mixed farming land owner and operator specialising in the production of grains, legumes and livestock.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years, and its investment in the live export industry is without peer.  Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, the company’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.

The company’s flagship carrier, the MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), is a purpose-built livestock carrier capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.  She was commissioned in 2002.

Two new, technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback, were launched in 2010. They offer unparalleled levels of safety for the livestock, crew and vessel, and can transport 7000 cattle, 25,000 sheep, or a combination of both.

Wellard’s abattoir, Beaufort River Meats, processes up to 2500 sheep and lambs a day, enabling Wellard to meet customer demand for both livestock and chilled meat.
Wellard Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 33,000 hectares across three agri-hubs. The two northern hubs are located at Dongara and Watheroo in Western Australia’s central midlands and one is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of WA.

The Dongara hub is home to The Grange, a 14,500 hectare property which is considered one of Western Australia’s blue chip farming properties.
The remaining landholding totals more than 18,000 hectares, of which 14,000 hectares is cropped to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 4000ha is devoted to sheep production, including the famous Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 14,500ha for livestock and grain production.

Wellard Agri also has operations in the farm machinery sector, through management of the CLAAS Harvest Centres at Katanning, Wongan Hills and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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