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Sell-out ram sale

THERE was a total clearance in the first of the ram auctions for the season at Matawhero yesterday and two of the 35 rams on offer sold for $1600, including the first of the Charollais breed sold at the saleyards.

The Lofflers from Piritaha Station at Ngatapa put up their Charollais and they sold well.

“They are a reasonably new breed to this country, and come with some great attributes that add value to a terminal breeding programme,” the vendors said.

The top-priced Piritaha ram was matched in price at $1600 by one of the South Suffolks put up by Matthew Swann from Waihua Station in the Wairoa district.

“There was a total clearance across the sale and it was great to get it,” said auctioneer Chris Hurlstone from PGG Wrightson.

“Well done the breeders and well done the buyers.

“Everything sold for $500 or better.”

The ram auction season continues next Friday with the line-up from Mangahauhau Hampshires.

FIRST TIMERS: The Charollais sheep breed made its debut at the Matawhero saleyards yesterday, and Piritaha Station at Ngatapa sold the lot, with a top price of $1600. The combined sale was a sell-out, with all 35 of the rams from several studs going to new homes. Picture by Trevor Brown