26 August 2019
It has been a tough season here at Red Rock with our 2018 season ending below average and it took until mid May to receive our opening rains for 2019.With the ground being so warm the grass jumped out of the ground which was most exciting after such a long hot dry summer but this was short lived, Mother Nature had other plans for this region sending us two weeks of frost saw all growth haltered and we had so start hand feeding once again.
With the drought biting most parts of Australia, we decided to cull heavily and only keep the best ram lambs on for the 2019-2020 selling season.Our other main industries is producing Lucerne seed for domestic and export, with that been such a volatile market with little been sold domestic due to the drought and the countries like Saudi Arabia buyingless seed, we decided to under sow our Lucerne with barley and cut and sell hay.( If you are in need of any Lucerne seed we have seed available in a very vigorous variety that is great for hay and lamb production.) We then finish our lambs throughout the summer months on this pasture we where then able to capitalise on this great lamb market selling lambs at $7.80 and in the spring where able to capitalise on $8.40.
In March we hosted a Junior and Senior Dorper Course with Raymond Read (South African judge and Classer) and Cristo Harmse (Dorper Judge and breeder from Tamworth). During Raymond’s stay we us we spent four days classing our Dorper and White Dorper flocks. Our plan is to keep the very best in both studs and sell or run the remainder as commercial ewes.
We have selected 100 White Dorper rams and 30 Dorper rams have been short listed to be selected for our on property sale the White Dorper Rams have not been shorn and will be offered unshorn. The Dorper rams are still a work in progress we have decided to shear them so that we can make sure that they are structurally correct. We will not be offering any ewes at this year’s sale but if you are wishing to purchase ewes please contact us as we will have ewes available for purchase in October.
Red Rock Rams to be offered at our on-property sale 2019
On the 4th of September we will be offering the Rams in picture below at the National Dorper Sale if you are interested in any of these rams please contact us and we can arrange further photos or organise a time to come and inspect them.
Rams to be offered for sale at the Dubbo National on the 4th of September
We will also be at the Adelaide show 30th August-1st September in the Ram Shed Judging is from 1pm Saturday the 31st.
The sheep market is looking great for the coming years, with sheep numbers on the rebuild lambs will be in short supply. Station clients who have had good rains are looking to purchase Dorper and White Dorper ewes, if you are looking to sell any ewes, we are more than happy to pass your details to these purchasers. Our on-property sale will be held at Red Rock on the 27 September at 1pm inspection from 10.00am, interfaced with Auctionsplus lunch will be provided.
If you are unable to attend on the day you can place an order with Elders Keith Steve Doecke 0427817323 who will be the Duty agents and Noel Evans Landmark Keith 0429857132.
Just on another note if anyone is looking to purchase clean and bagged Lucerne seed, we have bags of 25kg seed available at $7.70 per kg.
We are also taking orders for Lucerne hay and Lucerne Barley hay - Big Square Bales.
Contact Brad on 0428565067.