Bark Hut stud kicks off 2019 Kangaroo Island ram sales

The Bark Hut White Suffolk and Composite Stud held its 2019 ram sale on Thursday, October 3.

The sale attracted prime lamb producers from around Kangaroo Island and further afield.

The Campion family attended the sale having just sold their broadacre cropping property at near Goondiwindi in northern NSW.

Nick Campion said he was looking to purchase a farm on Kangaroo Island, which was looking a lot greener than back home, and move into mixed farming.

"We are looking for an environment that is a lot cooler with a climatic pattern not so impacted on by climate change," he said.

74 Composite Rams offered with an average of $1099 and 44 White Suffolks offered with an average of $949.

Bark Hut's Andrew Bennett said this year's offerings were a well-grown and even line up of rams.

"As a prime lamb producer it has kept our focus on producing rams that will achieve early maturing heavy weight lambs, that will finish under paddock condition with a strong emphasis on muscling," Mr Bennett said.

Andrew and Bec Bennett thanked their repeat clients for the ongoing support as well as new clientele. wishing them the best of luck going into the coming season.

The highest bidders from composites were the Bott family of KI with a bid of $2800. Paul Bott manages the Woodlana property for Growth Farms.

The highest bidders for white Suffolks were KI prime lamb producers DJ Willmott and J. Boyle with a bid of $1800.

Auctioneer Tony Weatherall of Elders KI said the Bennetts continued to be very commercially focussed with both breeds.

"The depth and the quality of the line-up was exceptional and certainly noted," Mr Weatherill said. "Any commercial could have confidently bid on any of the offerings in the catalogue."

If anyone is requiring rams please, contact Andrew Bennett or their stock agent.

The ram sales on Kangaroo Island continue with Taljar Polwarths on Tuesday, October 8, Ella Matta Pastoral on Friday, October 11 and Stokes Bay Genetics on Friday, October 18. Deep Dene and Turkey Lane merinos will follow.