The continued sales successes at the Prentice family’s Kurralea Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Suffolk ram sale are the headline news stories, but it is the success of their clients that is their primary focus and consequently the reason why the Kurralea headlines continue.
Last year 312 rams from the three breeds achieved a total clearance to buyers from three states, topping at $18,000 and achieving a wonderful $1605 average.
The question could be asked as to why Kurralea has continually achieved nation leading sales successes, but with a little research the answers rapidly become obvious.
From a breeding perspective, Kurralea has always strived to produce sheep that combine elite performance and structural excellence; bigger framed than many, but well-muscled rams that do the job for clients in wide ranging environments, allowing them to meet any of the multiple market choices.
It is this latter point that enables different clients the flexibility to successfully and efficiently target different carcase weights and grid specifications.
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The fact that commercial producers continue to travel to Ariah Park from many areas of NSW and interstate to purchase these rams to improve their bottom line, is a strong endorsement of the quality of Kurralea genetics.
James Baldry, Wallendbeen, NSW endorsed that quality.
“One of the benefits of Kurralea is the obvious genetic depth within the stud which assures consistency of performance and robustness of their rams, giving us even lines of marketable lambs that can be sold in the 18 to 28 kilogram carcase weight range,” Mr Baldry said.
“Having rams with good length and depth not only ensures greater feed conversion efficiency, but also having the ideal two to three condition score, even when taken through to heavy weights of 26 to 27 kilogram carcase weight is a real bonus.”
The 2018 Kurralea annual ram sale at Ariah Park will again see over 300 rams from the three breeds on offer on Tuesday, September 25, commencing at 12:30pm.
There is some exciting progeny from industry leading sires coming up in the offering, including a large number of White Suffolk sons of Anden ‘Cruiser’ 150277Tw, the $68,000 all meat sheep breeds record priced ram.
It will also be the second year Suffolk rams from Lucy’s relatively new flock will be offered, while the longest serving Poll Dorset breed offering has numerous top sires represented.