THE 5th annual Tattykeel Australian White sale was held at the Gilmore family home at Black Springs recently.
A large crowd of prospective buyers from as far as New Zealand, Western Australia and more local bidders gathered to view the very even selection of rams and ewes.
In an emotional opening speech, stud principal, Graham Gilmore, spoke fondly of his brother Martin, reminding everyone that without Martin’s input Tattykeel would not be what it is today.
On offer were 20 stud rams, 84 flock rams, 60 stud ewes and nine ewes with lambs. A clearance of 100 per cent of stud, flock rams and ewes with lambs and a 99pc clearance of the stud ewes.
A top price of $28,000 was achieved for the stud rams and in what is believed to be a record for a meat sheep breed auction, an average of $11,150 was made.
Three stud rams went for greater than $20,000 and another six made over $10,000.
Flock rams topped at $4000 averaging $2565.
Stud ewes topped at $3600 twice and averaged at $1944 while the ewes with lambs at foot topped at $2800 with an average of $2111.
Tattykeel 170704, sired by 160107, won first in the August drop Australian White ram class at the NSW Sheep Show, Dubbo. Its sire was Sydney Royal champion in 2017 and has been used heavily in the stud.
It will be transported to New Zealand with three other rams.
Murray Sargent, Kaahu Studs, Taupo, NZ, who purchased four rams including the top and third top-priced rams was looking for better survival, temperaments and growth rates for his newly formed Wiltipol and long-standing Coopworth studs.
“My focus is to breed sheep with lower inputs but high outputs with good carcase and good eating.” he said.
“Tattykeel have done a really good job creating this breed.
“I am impressed with the structure and how they have line bred good type sheep. We will take them home and see how they handle our conditions.”
Mr Sargent’s draft of four averaged at $17,750.
The second top-priced ram went for $27,000. Tattykeel 171354 will move to Gamadale Australian Whites at Lascelles, Victoria.
The Gamadale stud also purchased a full brother to 160488 who was the NSW Sheep Show champion in 2017 for $14,000.
Timor studs and Camden Valley Australian Whites purchased Tattykeel 171511 for $19,000. Touted by Tattykeel as a very strong October drop ram.
Its sire, 161072 was sold to Kahmoo Australian White stud for $11,000 while its dam 151457 was a twin. The 171511 ram will share duties between the studs.
Of the stud ewes, a top price of $3600 was achieved twice both to the same purchaser.
Jack Newham, Orange, runs about 50 ewes currently, and has previously purchased both rams and ewes from this stud over the last four years.
“I was looking at the type and pedigree and who they are mated to, both are pregnancy tested with twins.” he said.
“I have been trying to buy a couple every year to get a nice flock of ewes.
“I like the breed, they have a lot to offer with their low maintenance.”
Stud ewe volume buyer was the Doelle family from Edenhope, Victoria. who purchased 22 ewes to an average of $2423.
They also purchased a ram for $9000.
Also a solid purchaser, Tullamore Holdings from Western Australia, secured 11 stud ewes for a draft average of $1500.
Flock rams sold well with the top-priced ram heading to Tophill Holdings in Western Australia.
They also purchased a stud ram for $4500.
An undisclosed buyer was the volume purchaser of flock rams collecting a hefty draft of 28 for an average of $2296.
Stud principal, Graham Gilmore, thought it was an amazing sale in dry conditions
“It was wonderful to see the sheep sold as far away as New Zealand and Western Australia,” he said.
“Whilst we are in drought conditions, these sheep are doing well and producing lambs and they are doing it easier that other sheep or cattle breeds.
“Our sale was a reflection on that.”
The sale was conducted by Landmark Bathurst and QPL Rural Temora with Miles Pfitzner, Adelaide, South Australia as guest auctioneer.
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A commitment to raising easy care sheep yet still produce quality lambs for the domestic and export trade underpinned the 9th Australian White sale at Narrandera on account the Tattykeel stud, Oberon and the Camden Valley stud, Camden.
Respective studmasters Graham Gilmore and Josh Clinton presented an excellent lineup of sheep.
The Tattykeel stud sold 57 rams from 63 offered for average price $1869.49; while the Camden Valley stud sold six rams of the seven penned for average $916.66 and ten ewes to $1500.
Top price was $3,000 paid by Barbara Tozer, Cootamundra and Timothy Farr, Savernake for their respective selections from the Tattykeel draft.
In the Camden Valley draft a top price of $1500 was realised.
Volume buyer Michael Madden, Urana has been purchasing Aussie White rams for past six years and has established a self-replacing flock.
“They are easy care sheep and tough sheep,” he said.
“They do better in dry times than some other breeds and it has been shown this year.”
Mr Madden sells his lambs through the saleyards in Wagga Wagga, with the most recent sale being 20 lambs April/May drop making $192.
“They were weaned onto grazing wheat and then lucerne pasture with some barley supplement,” he said.
Mr Gilmore said it was a great sale, especially through these tough times.
“We had repeat buyers with some new faces and I put up a good selection of rams,” he said.
Mr Clinton was also please with his sale result.
“The ewes sold really well … they were a good line of ewes,” he said.
“Although we didn’t have many rams, they sold to expectation to repeat buyers.”
Mr Clinton noted his clients are pleased with the performance of the Aussie White progeny.
The sale was settled by QPL Temora, with Craig Pellow assisting auctioneer Michael Glasser, Glasser Total sales Management.
Narrandera Australian White Ram Sale
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 1 PM Narrandera Showgrounds
On offer 75 Rams and 10 Ewes
The eighth auction of Australian White rams and ewes at Narrandera on account Gilmore family, Tattykeel stud, Oberon and Josh Clinton, Camden Valley stud, The Oaks saw string interest from repeat buyers along with a new purchaser underpinning the sale.
Speaking after the sale vendors Martin Gilmore and Josh Clinton each expressed satisfaction the sheep they presented attracted strong competition.
“It was a great sale, and although we didn’t sell many ewes we will always bring them here to allow producers the opportunity,” Mr Clinton said.
Mr Gilmore thought it was the best sale the Tattykeel stud had recorded, although there was a few rams passed in.
“We always make sure there are plenty of rams here for people to bid on,” he said.
Top price for rams at $3,250 was paid three times and 61/69 averaged $1,960.66: while eight ewes were offered with one sold for $800.
- Tattykeel – 40 rams top at $3,250 and average $2102.50
- Camden Valley – 21 rams top at $3,000 and average $1,690.48; and one ewe from eight at $800.
The auction was conducted by Michael Glasser, GTSM, Wodonga and settles by QPL, Narrandera
Tattykeel 4th Annual Australian White Stud Sale
27th September 2017, 1pm, Oberon
60 Stud Ewes, 23 Stud Rams, 80 Flock Rams
Don’t miss your chance to get your hand’s on the best Australian White sheep ever presented.
During the sale an update will be provided on the research into why the Tattykeel Australian White lamb is being compared to Wagyu.
RECORDS tumbled at the fourth annual Tattykeel Australian White sale last week. A large gathering were witness to the record fall for the Australian White breed.
The sale of stud ewes, stud rams and flock rams saw 149 of 160 ewes cleared at auction giving a 93 per cent clearance, a top of $4000 and average of $2447.
There were 23 stud rams offered for a 100 per cent clearance, a top of $38,000 and a staggering average of $9717 and 81 flock rams offered with 79 sold giving a 97 per cent clearance to a top of $4000 four times.
Tattykeel Leader 150772, a July 2015 ram sired by Tattykeel 140073, saw the hammer fall to the top of $38,000. He was purchased by Bungarley Australian Whites and Cottage Creek Australian Whites both at Tarcutta.
“He is a fantastic example of the Australian white breed,” Bungarley principal Mr Dan Lustenberger said.
“He has great carcass, good muscle and carries this with a fantastic amount of softness that he is breeding onto his progeny,”
“His structure is impeccable and his black points are perfect.”
“This ram provides everything that my clients, here at Bungarley, are looking for in this breed. He had seven sons in the stud ram line up and upwards of 20 in the flock rams,”
“His ability to breed great Australian white type is seen throughout his daughters, this for me is reason enough for purchasing him.”
“He is a proven sire and will lift our stud genetics tenfold. We will be very excited to get his progeny on the ground next year with Embryo Transfer(ET) programs and Artificial Insemination(AI) programs coming up in the next few months.”
“The strong sale is a indication that farmers of the haired breeds are becoming very interested as they see the breed excel within the prime lamb industry.”
Co-purchaser, Tony Rutter, principal of Cottage Creek Australian Whites liked the ram.
“I have been watching “Leader” since he was a lamb and he has always caught my eye.” he said
“When his first batch of lambs arrived my estimations of them was they were 30 per cent better than the pack.”
“We could have purchased one of his lambs for half his cost but watering a proven sire down was not an option.”
“I had no ceiling price he was going on my truck after the sale. You can’t put a price on a sire that changes the game as much as him.”
The second top priced ram went for $16,000 to repeat buyers Nip and Ben Rowney, “Gamadale”, Lascelles, Victoria.
“We like that he has plenty of meat, good hair pattern, very good on his feet, structure is excellent, he is an outstanding ram,” Mr Rowney said.
“We hope he will give us that bit more quality that we are looking for all the time. They are easy care sheep that are quick growing.”
First time auction attendees, Nicholas and Jessica Baker, Red Tank Australian Whites, Nyngan, were volume buyers over the sale. They have purchased from Tattykeel previously.
They started with 24 ewes, Mr Baker said “there was consistency through the whole lot. They had good characteristics and good black feet.” That trait is not important on their property but for on selling to their clients.
Picking up 10 flock rams that will compliment their commercial flock of 1000 Dorper Australian White cross ewes, Mrs Baker said that they were chasing numbers.
“We didn’t go for the top end but the consistency across the sale let us get a few flock rams at a good price.”
Also added to their haul were two stud rams.
“We are chasing the lines that they are bred from, we know the history and they have good feet, good size and great shedding.”
Graham Gilmore, Co-principal of Tattykeel, thought that it was great to see people coming back, they are backing and happy with the product in a tough year. “We are over the moon.” Mr Gilmore said
“There were also good number of new buyers.”
“The product is working. We are using groundbreaking technology that is producing results from testing done at the Townsville University on the eating quality. This is drawing comparisons from others to Wagyu beef.”
“Letting the top priced ram go, we can concentrate on our younger rams and this will help improve the breed overall.”
“This sale is trending up, we put more sheep in to try to hold the price down. The quality is still there and you get what you pay for.”
“The last record was last year $28,000, the year before $27,000 so the sale is solid right through.”
“We put sensible reserves on the sheep but people can still come and buy top end ewes and flock rams for a reasonable price.”
“Stock went to all over the eastern seaboard for this sale. From Cunnamulla, Queensland to Tasmania.”
“The breed does well in cold areas, green areas and hot & dry areas. The hair component is adaptable, its shorter in hot areas and longer in cold areas.”
“We have previously sent stock internationally from hot tropical countries to Inner Mongolia that gets to minus 35-40 degrees, they work in all areas.”
The sale was conducted by Landmark Bathurst and QPL Rural, with guest auctioneer, Miles Pfitzner, GTSM, manning the rostrum.
Narrandera Australian White Ram Sale
Excellent results were achieved at our Narrandera Australian White Ram sale on Monday 4th September with 25 registered bidders. It was great to see a mix of repeat and new buyers among the crowd. There was a good mix of buyers reaching from Penola SA, Catton QLD, Victoria, Southern NSW and the Riverina. The biggest purchasers for the day were made by new buyer ‘Heathfield Farming’ Penola SA with 14 Rams and repeat buyer John & Kerrel Derrick from ‘The Eagles’ Temora, with a total of 10 Rams. The top ram for the day made $2,600 for an overall average of $1,766. Stud Ewes averaged $1,000 and Commercial Ewes averaged $240.
The general comments made from those who attended was the great quality of the livestock presented for sale.
The QPL Rural team would like to extend their thanks to Tattykeel and Camden Valley Studs and all those who attended.
The annual spring Australian White ram and ewe sale conducted at Narrandera on behalf of breeders, the Gilmour family, Tattykeel stud, Oberon and Josh Clinton, Camden Valley stud, The Oaks.
Top price for rams at $2600 was achieved by the Tattykeel stud, Oberon while Josh Clinton received $2500 for the top price from his draft of rams.
In the Tattykeel offering 42 rams were sold from 54 offered for average $1911, while the Camden Valley stud sold 14 rams from 23 offered for average of $1328.
Josh Clinton from the Camden Valley stud also offered five stud ewes which sold for $1000 each, along with 69 commercial ewes, 62 of which were sold for $238.70 average.
The top priced ram at $2600 was purchased by Heathfield Farming, Penola, SA, in their draft of 14 rams selected from the Tattykeel draft for average price $1918.
Other good prices recorded for the Tattykeel stud included $2500 paid twice by Boadle Rooney Partnership, Markwood, Victoria.
The Ervine family, “Pine Hill”, Lake Cargelligo paid to $2500 for their choice of the Tattykeel draft, while Jack Derrick, “The Eagles”, Sebastopol via Temora, paid to $2500 for his pick of the Tattykeel offering from which he selected ten rams for average $1995.
The Sims family, Springhurst, Victoria, purchased two Tattykeel-bred rams paying to $2500 for their pick.
Graham and Julie Nicholson, West Wyalong paid $2500 for their pick of the Camden Valley draft bred by Josh Clinton from which they selected two rams for average $2050.
Mr Nicholson said they had been breeding Dorper sheep, but swung over to Australian Whites after hearing about them and attending the sale at Narrandera held in February a couple of years ago.
“We went for the Dorpers for their easy care, but I think the Aussie Whites are faster growing sheep and we get our lambs off a bit quicker,” he said. Mr Nicholson said they were attracted to their first pick because he was such a big framed ram and with a terrific rear end.
Tony Chaston, “Wyamba”, Gerogery, paid $1500 for his choice of the Tattykeel draft, and $1000 for a Camden Valley ram.
Brett Darrington, “Geohana”, Narrandera purchased a Tattykeel ram for $1500.
Among volume buyers, David Black, Murchison East, Vic paid to $2200 for his pick of the five rams he purchased for $1560 average price.
Mr Black was a repeat buyer, and is establishing a self-replacing Aussie White flock.
“We are getting good returns from our lambs, they can go into the local trade or for export,” he said.
Aussie White ewes to $1000
At the spring Australian White sale held in Narrandera, Josh Clinton, Camden Valley stud, The Oaks offered five stud ewes which sold for $1000 each.
Jamie Clarkson, Milliwa, Victoria purchased two, while the Boadle Rooney Partnership, Markwood, Vic purchased two and K.W and A.G.E. Ervine, “Pine Hill”, Lake Cargelligo, bought one.
Of the 62 commercial ewes sold by Josh Clinton, 12 were bought by J.D. Brunsdon, Jindera, for $277 average, while Tom Schweizer, Beechworth, Vic paid $250 each for his ten ewes.
Alan Anderson, Cobbity purchased 30 commercial ewes for $250 average to add to his small flock and Brett Darrington, Narrandera also added to his Aussie White flock with the purchase of ten commercial ewes for $240 each.
Speaking on behalf of the vendors, Martin Gilmore, Tattykeel stud, Oberon, said it was a very good result with many repeat clients.
“It was a strong sale as we offered a few more rams,” he said. “We are meeting the market with sheep available at commercial values.”
The sale was conducted by QPL, Temora and Narrandera with Michael Glasser, GTSM, Patrice Vale, Victoria taking the bids.