Early in the month Allen was able to have a flying visit to Western Australia to enjoy a catch up with some of the Dohne stud breeders, attend a couple of Auctions, and visit a few farms to see some sheep. It was good to get the WA perspective after seeing some of the New England region sheep in NSW earlier in the year, and other Eastern States Dohnes at Bendigo and Hamilton in July and August.
Our Auction went very well with 81 of the 91 rams offered selling at Auction for our best average to date of $1564. A modest top price of $3000 was paid by a commercial client. Other rams found new homes soon afterwards. Thanks to all successful purchasers and underbidders for this result. We also sold 171 2018 drop commercial ewe hoggets and lambs for an average of $231.
Our attendance at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days at Paskeville was a good chance to meet with people from near and far to discuss the advantages of Dohnes in the Australian sheep industry. We showcased a 5 year old ewe and another who was 6. Both were in 10 months wool to show how well Dohnes maintain quality throughout a long productive lifetime. Our Sire that produced the Champion Dohne fleece at the Royal Show in Adelaide impressed visitors with his stylish wool and calm, friendly temperament.