Taljar Polwarth ram sale fetches great prices

The McArdle family was delighted with the prices achieved at the 2021 Taljar Polwarths ram sale on Kangaroo Island on Wednesday, October 13.

The top price paid was a record, while one of the Polwarth rams was even snapped by a bidder from Western Australia.

Jared McArdle said it was an excellent result and thanked everyone who attended on the day.

It was just reward for an extremely tough couple years, including the loss of their farms in the January 2020 bushfires and then the passing of family matriarch Lynne McArdle last year.

The family then faced the loss of travelling all the way to the Australian sheep show in Bendigo, only to have the event cancelled days after they arrived.

And then the McArdle's annual appearance at the Royal Adelaide Show was also cancelled due to COVID.

The top price paid at the ram sale this year was $3200 for Lot number 4 by Ken Bond of Lorokie farm at Yankalilla.

"He really appealed to me, I liked the look of him when I saw him advertised," Mr Bond said. "He has a nice plain body, a good clean face and good wool."

Another ram was snapped by a bidder all way in Western Australia.

The volume buyer was Ivan Read of Haines, who took home eight rams.

The average price paid across the sale was $1641, a significant improvement over last year's sale.

This despite the tough conditions being experienced across KI with buyers overheard talking about the lack of clover and other grasses in this year's pasture.

The lack of and strange timing of the rains had left old-time farmers perplexed with the pasture in October looking like it should in July.

"The spring rains have always been crucial on KI," David McArdle said.

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