Ram Sale 2017

We are a little late (just a month and a bit!), but could not let the end of the year arrive, without sending out thanks to everyone who supports our work.

 Strathdownie Estate's Nick Harvey is pleased with his selection of 10
Cloven Hills rams, pictured with Chris and Kate Dorahy and their son,
Rupert and their Landmark Casterton agent, Rick Smith.

Strathdownie Estate’s Nick Harvey is pleased with his selection of 10
Cloven Hills rams, pictured with Chris and Kate Dorahy and their son,
Rupert and their Landmark Casterton agent, Rick Smith.

The annual Cloven Hills ram sale was held in October and we were overwhelmed by the response to both the preview and sale day, which we held on-farm, for the first time.

We penned 200 rams for auction – more than ever before – and a small selection of reserve rams that were on offer after the official sale.

After a rather exhausting and nervous lead-up to sale day, the response from private buyers and agents was incredible.

While the top bid of $2750 (reached twice!) was lower than previous years, the clearance rate of 98 per cent from the catalogue lots and 25 of the non-catalogue rams, made it a resounding success.

Great financial reward from business is pleasing (and essential), but equally as important for us is the number of buyers who attended (standing room only!) and that clearance rate.

People are basing their business’ future on what we are doing and the sale figures show that they like what we are doing and finding their own success in that.

There are fewer things more gratifying in business, than to build a great relationship with clients and have them repeatedly return to your product, or to meet a new client who readily commits to investing in your work.

We had a great mix of both this year and our thanks go to all of the buyers who took the leap with us and made that investment.

Finally, thank you to our agent, Rick Smith and the Landmark team, who provide incredible support for our business.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Kate and Chris

​Landmark Ararat's Kevin Donnan and John Lewis, Nerrin Nerrin, Streatham attend their first Cloven Hills ram sale, discussing the ram selection with Chris Dorahy.

​Landmark Ararat’s Kevin Donnan and John Lewis, Nerrin Nerrin, Streatham attend their first Cloven Hills ram sale, discussing the ram selection with Chris Dorahy.

 

 ​Mareeta Cox, Coojar, working through the catalogue with Kate Dorahy, selecting two new rams to add to her existing Cloven Hills purchases.


​Mareeta Cox, Coojar, working through the catalogue with Kate Dorahy,
selecting two new rams to add to her existing Cloven Hills purchases.

 

Happy clients ... David Jenkin, Banemore, Penshurst, with Colin Smith, Grassdale Estate, Grassdale and Colin's daughter, Fiona Marson, Gazette, at Cloven Hills' annual ram sale. David purchased eight quality rams to an average $1700 while Lot 6, one of two tops of the day, was knocked down to Colin at $2750.

Happy clients … David Jenkin, Banemore, Penshurst, with Colin Smith,
Grassdale Estate, Grassdale and Colin’s daughter, Fiona Marson, Gazette, at
Cloven Hills’ annual ram sale. David purchased eight quality rams to an
average $1700 while Lot 6, one of two tops of the day, was knocked down to
Colin at $2750.

 

Agriculture Victoria Hamilton's Fiona Cameron and Stephanie Muir, are joined at the Cloven Hills annual ram sale by visiting Bangladeshi scientist, Monir Mohammad.

Agriculture Victoria Hamilton’s Fiona Cameron and Stephanie Muir, are
joined at the Cloven Hills annual ram sale by visiting Bangladeshi
scientist, Monir Mohammad.

 

First-class performance with a price tag for everyone ... Cloven Hills' rams attract buyers from Vic, NSW, SA and Tassie and prices from $800 (Lot 58) to $2700 (Lot 103, second-top price of the day).

First-class performance with a price tag for everyone … Cloven Hills’
rams attract buyers from Vic, NSW, SA and Tassie and prices from $800 (Lot
58) to $2700 (Lot 103, second-top price of the day).