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Top price . . . David Howden of Gore holds the 2-tooth Romney ram sold by his daughter Julie Howden (centre) as she and Christchurch buyer Janice Winter seal the deal with a handshake. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

The Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders’ Association of New Zealand national sale was held outdoors in dazzling heat last Saturday.

The usual sheep pavilion at the Waimate Showgrounds was unable to be used this year, so the association improvised. With the help of auctioneers from Peter Walsh and Associates, it created a “ring” in an enclosure in the yards outside. A team of helpers managed to run the animals through a complex series of gates before showing them individually to the gallery of bidders.

All but one of the 40 entries was shown. An unregistered 2-tooth Corriedale ewe from Jim Stewart, of Rakaia, was judged the Champion Animal of the Show, then sold for $200.

Top price of $375 was paid by Belfast breeder Janice Winter for a registered 2-tooth Romney ram from Julie Howden of Gore. Miss Howden, who has been taking stock to the sale since 1994, said she was “very pleased” with this year’s results.

Where’d he go? . . The 2-tooth Romney ram that would fetch the sale’s top price of $375 disappears behind auctioneers Snow Buckley (left) and Lindsay Holland at the Waimate Showgrounds on Saturday. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

She and her father, David Howden, were travelling home after the show to ensure their sheep had adequate feed and water to withstand the dry conditions causing concern in Southland.

Sale convener Reg Partridge, of Oamaru, was also pleased with the event’s success. It was followed by an afternoon at Sue and Stuart Albrey’s nearby farm for seminars and workshops.