Spirited bidding at Deep Dene Poll Merino ram sale

Spirited bidding saw 48 of the 60 poll merino rams presented sold at the 50th on-property ram sale at the Deep Dene stud on Kangaroo Island.

Lloyd and Christine Berry and daughter Caitlin reported solid support from loyal clients, repeat buyers and some new faces saw a top price paid twice at the sale on Friday, November 2.   

Merv and Marilyn Tremaine and their daughter Alicia Cooper paid $2100 for Lot 15, while Brian Hilder also paid $2100 for Lot 32.

Both were impressive rams with Australian Sheep Breeding Values figures to match.

The Tremaines also were volume buyers for the day taking 10 rams home, closely followed by Platinum Livestock purchasing nine rams.

Average price for all rams sold was $863.

The Berry family gave a special thanks to the Landmark team in Kingscote for its continued support and the professional way it conducted the sale each year.

“Thank you to everyone who came and viewed our rams yesterday,” Caitlin Berry said.

“Deep Dene were ecstatic that most of our rams found new homes and we want to know how they go! Looking forward to the future of Deep Dene.”

“Our biggest thank-you to buyers from last week, this has enabled us to invest money not only on artificial insemination but DNA tests on our 2018 progeny to give you, the commercial buyer better accuracy in ASBVs when purchasing your rams in 2019.”

Deep Dene has run a commercial enterprise for more than 60 years and have benchmarked for over 20.

“We understand the importance of making your sheep work for you.  Our breeding objectives are simple – ‘Low maintenance sheep that are Proven, Profitable Performers’.”

The 3 P’s – Proven, Profitable, Performers – uses property benchmarks to ensure Deep Dene are breeding sheep that are profitable per hectare.

“Tom Padbury’s 4 ‘C’s – Constitution, Confirmation, Coverage and Conversion ensure the sheep will have the will to survive, have bright white wool that have the density and free growing phenotype that ensures each animal cuts a heavy highly marketable fleece,” she said.

“Deep Dene progeny have the body type that gives sheep the longevity to withstand our Kangaroo Island Mediterranean environment and replicate themselves.

Most recently Deep Dene have incorporated using MerinoSelect, Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), which benchmark merinos with every benchmarked merino in Australia.  

There are a range of economically important traits – CFW, FD, WEC’s, NLW, etc.

“Using this final method enables Deep Dene to more accurately make continual improvement in selecting sheep that will meet their breeding objectives using their genetic merit not just objective measurements,” Caitlin said.

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