Yanco White Suffolks holds an on-farm Ram Sale mid-September of each year, conducted by the agents and the Year 10 Animal Management students, where rams are sold through the Helmsman auction system.
Rams are shorn in June, undergo independent structural assessment for comformation in July and final weights are submitted to the mid July Lamb Plan run to generate the Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV) for the catalogue.
This year's charity ram was selected at random as Lot 14, 160033, sired by Gemini 090298. The charity chosen was the Black Dog Institute, in support of research into depression and mental illness. Andrew Hammond, an ex-Yanconian and son of recently retired business manager, Bruce Hammond, is riding across from Perth to Sydney to raise funds for the Institute, after three ex-Yanconians of his cohort sadly lost their battle with the Black Dog in the past few years. The charity ram raised $850 towards this cause.
Top priced ram 2017
Lot 18, Yanco 160097, sired by Pendarra 141655 through artificial insemination, sold at the top price of $1800 to Scott Wilkinson from Wallenbeen, NSW. Mr Wilkinson also purchased the second highest priced ram at $1750, Lot 3, Yanco 160086, sired by Farrer 140019 and used as a ram lamb within the stud.
In the inaugural on-farm sale in 2016, 41/41 rams were sold for an average price of $837 and a top of $1500.