The following is an interesting article in The Land this week. It shows that there is a real additional benefit to using Gudair:
OJD-proof attracts premium
The yarding of 28,499 lambs grossed more than $4.2 million – a remarkable increase from last year’s result of nearly $3.9m from a larger yarding of 32,430 – and averaged $148.
With a number of high-quality lines offered, it was sheep vaccinated for Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) which attracted the greatest premiums.
“It was a very good sale but one thing which stood out was people looking for vaccinations,” Southern Australian Livestock general manager Laryn Gogel said.
“They were very selective of the quality of ewes – if ewes weren’t vaccinated they were possibly $10-$12 behind.”
Given the season and condition of the yarding, Mr Gogel said it was a “pretty good day out”
Topping the sale was a run of 231 first-cross ewes sold by Simon and Susie Pocock, Pocock Brothers, Lameroo which made $199.
They were by Johnos Border Leicester sires and from Gum Hill blood ewes.
The Pococks – also the sale’s biggest vendors – sold 2480 averaging $173, including runs of 267 and 300 at $194 each.