The decision to hold their first online-only Dorper and White Dorper ram sale has paid off for Bellevue Dorpers, with the three-day event recording a 100 per cent clearance to top at $4400.
Conducted by Nutrien, through AuctionsPlus, the sale saw 49 Dorpers and 30 White Dorpers offered, all aged between 16 to 18 months.
The average price per ram was $2011, with a top price of $4400 claimed by a September 2019-drop White Dorper ram, bought by Frank Deshon, Nee Nee, Dirranbandi.
The ram was one of nine that Mr Deshon picked up in the sale to average $2533.
Two rams each sold for the second-top price of $3800 to Robert Seagrave of Twin Pines Honey Company, Emmaville, NSW.
Volume buyers included John and Karen Elmes, Augathella, who bought 20 rams to average $1840 while Simstock Rural Agencies, Longreach was also active in the sale, picking up 10 rams on behalf of Wills Downs Pastoral Co to average $2060.
Stud principal David Curtis said he was very happy with the result, and pleased to be able to offer quality commercial rams to producers looking to join in autumn, enabling producers to "top up" their ram team.
Buyer feedback was that it was convenient to shop online, given the level of description of each ram catalogued.
"Over the last ten years or so, we have been working on an accurate description for the rams we present, based on the following: quality videos, visual selection, and objective data through LambPlan ASBVs," Mr Curtis said.
"The Bellevue visual selection information is scored from 1-5, with 5 being the best, giving an accurate description of the following aspects of the conformation of a particular ram: head, balance, structure, feet, colour and cover."