A ram sale on the NSW Central Tablelands has rewritten the file books, as curiosity in shedding sheep reaches new heights.
- Australian Whites do not produce wool and due to this fact do not should be shorn
- An ongoing scarcity of shearers because of the pandemic is driving curiosity within the breed
- The highest-priced ram on the sale set an Australian file at $165,000
The highest-priced ram on the eighth annual Tattykeel Australian White Stud close to Oberon offered for $165,000 to Flaxley Australian White Stud in South Australia.
The file ram, named White Gold, set an Australian file throughout all meat sheep breeds, however there have been a number of different rams on the sale that additionally would have damaged the previous file.
Stud rams averaged $40,000 and flock rams averaged slightly below $15,000.
Auctioneer Miles Pfitzner stated he was speechless after the sale, which grossed greater than $5.5 million.
“We’re by no means going to see a sheep sale prefer it until [Tattykeel Stud] does it once more subsequent 12 months,” he stated.
The Australian White breed was developed by Tattykeel virtually a decade in the past and in latest months sturdy demand has seen several records broken.
It has been bred to provide hair as an alternative of wool and due to this fact farmers don’t have to pay for shearers.
Stud principal Graham Gilmore stated the elevated curiosity was attributable to individuals realising the breed was a reset for the meat sheep business.
Fad or future?
The breed has confronted criticism as being a fad, and the latest file costs have been likened to the frenzied interest in farming emus within the Nineties.
Market analyst Angus Brown from Mecardo stated the continuing lack of shearers attributable to the pandemic was a driving issue behind latest curiosity in shedding sheep.
“With not having to shear them, it is a fairly straightforward prime lamb operation [farmers] can run,” he stated.
Mr Brown stated it might be troublesome to justify a number of the costs being paid for Australian Whites in latest months, nevertheless it was onerous to inform how the curiosity in shedding breeds would play out.
“Paying large cash for the ewes most likely would not add up in case you’re working a industrial operation.”
Mr Gilmore stated the breed had confronted loads of criticism through the years however all his prospects have been pleased and saved returning yearly.
“It is rising as a result of it is working for individuals and they’re getting cash,” he stated.
“This breed has the power to dominate the meat sheep business and it is beginning to make its mark.”