Southdown breaks record

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Southdown breaks record

MEENIYAN’S Ivydowns Southdown Stud, operated by Dave and Neralie Reynolds has established a new world record for the sale of a Southdown ram.
The 16 month old ram, Ivydowns Supreme 222/12, still carrying his milk teeth was sold for the world record price of $35,000 in December.
He was purchased by agricultural syndicate Trilux Pastoral Inc.
The price obtained easily eclipsed the Australian record held by Ivydowns for seven years, set at a Royal Melbourne Show sale, by a staggering $24,000.
The syndicate comprises of three power house sheep breeders in two countries and purchased the ram after perusing pedigrees, scan data and flying to Australia to inspect the exceptional ram.
The ram was ranked first in the Ivydowns Stud and was to be retained by the Reynolds family for stud use. They had already rejected three previous offers from the eventual buyer.
Neralie Reynolds said the ram is an extremely correct ram, with exceptional muscling.
“We had selected him four weeks after he was born as a twin ram to use in our two Southdown studs and never offered him for sale, or intended to sell him,” she said.
“Hopefully we made the correct decision.”
The ram was also purchased with 100 ewe doses of collected semen for artificial insemination use, should the ram ever suffer an injury.
Ivydowns Supreme has an unsurpassed pedigree behind him with seven champion sires on his paternal side and six consecutive champion sires on his dam side.
Dave Reynolds said they had intended to exhibit the ram at this year’s Royal Canberra and Sydney Royal shows, but will now exhibit the ram’s twin brother instead.
“The ram (Ivydowns Supreme) has been independently assessed by a senior stud classer and has been accredited with a rating of 99 out of 100,” he said.
“The ram will be used in South Australia and New South Wales this season, before being flown to Hemslingen in Germany, around 80 kilometres south west of Hamburg.”
Ivydowns Stud has also recently purchased the company IT Sheep Scanning, which will operate throughout Australia scanning eye muscle in rams and pregnancy scanning ewes.
Scanning allows graziers to establish the eye muscle depth, width and area, and therefore determine positive growth rates and their breeding potential at four months of age.
The scanning of ewes helps to determine barren ewes and ewes carrying single or multiple lambs.
Mrs Reynolds said Ivydowns is in the process of expanding into the Pakenham/Cora Lynn area, following the acquisition of a further property.
“Our domestic trade covers six states, including southern and eastern Victoria and we have now established a flourishing market in the peninsula area,” she said.
“We decided to purchase more land to enable us to increase our flock size of our four breeds.”

Setting the pace: Dave and Neralie Reynolds with Ivydowns Cheque Book, the sire of Ivydowns Supreme, the ram recently sold for the world record price of $35,000.

Setting the pace: Dave and Neralie Reynolds with Ivydowns Cheque Book, the sire of Ivydowns Supreme, the ram recently sold for the world record price of $35,000.

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