Quality ewes to $4200 in Wheetelande swansong

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TOP LOT: Elders auctioneers Damien Webb, Tom Penna and Tony Wetherall. Front: Andrew Donnan, Idrienne and Bob Neill and Joel Donnan.SALE SUMMARYOffered 170Sold 170Top $4200Av $1351IN an emotional, but highly-successful, final dispersal sale, Bob and Idrienne Neill bid farewell to the last of their Wheetelande White Suffolk ewes and 24years of breedingat Farrell Flat on Monday last week.
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They achieved atotal clearance of their170 White Suffolk 2015-dropsto $4200 and averaged an outstanding $1351, with eager bidders from four states.

It followed their first-stage dispersal held in January when 330 ewes,2010 to 2014-drops, topped at $3000 and averaged $1016.

Thequality on offer wasexceptional, with several ewes shown at the 2016 Royal Adelaide Showfeaturing in the first 15 lots, which were sold individually averaging $2080.

The balance of ewes was offered in pens of two, with one or two hammers in the pick or the pair auction system.

The ewes were backed up with outstanding measured performance, with more thanthree quartersof the cataloguemore than 190 ontheCarcase Plus index.

The $4200 top price was paid for lot 80 W158023 –a daughter ofDetpa Grove 110329 –whichboasted exceptional figures, including 14.3 for post-weaning weight, 0.2 for fat, an extreme +3.5 for eye muscle, and a C+ of 210.

This was the second highest ewe soldat auction for the breed, only surpassed by Wheetelande’s supreme all breeds ewe at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Show, whichsold for $4750 to Duncan Young, Oakwood stud, Oakbank.

Andrew and Joel Donnan, Anden stud, Woomelang, Vic, were the successful bidders, with the Fischer family, Ashmore stud, Wasleys, the underbidder.

The Fischers were chasing select ewes with top-end figures and although missing out on the sale topper, they did buyfour averaging $1725. This included the two sisters to the triplet-born top priceewe.

WAbidders were very strong at the top end, including buying lot 1 and 2.

The ewes were blue ribbonwinners in the pair of ewes class at Adelaide this year andlittle separated them in thesale, selling for $3100 and $3000 respectively.

Lot 1 –W158605Tw –had a C+ of 214 and soldto Simon Kerin, Ashbourne stud, Katanning, WA.

This was the sale’s second highestprice and was one of three ewes hebought, averaging $2567.

Its Adelaide pair mate –W158601Tw –then sold to the Ditchburn family, Golden Hill stud, Kukerin, WA.

Both these ewes were daughters of Anden 130288 –the high performance sire Wheetelande bought in 2014 in conjunction with Galaxy Park stud, Monarto.

Only 15 ewes sold for less than $1000.

Elders conducted the sale.

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