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Sheep Sale Returns to Karoonda

2nd August 2021

30 July 2021

SHEEP SALE RETURNS TO KAROONDA AFTER 13 YEARS

In a return to Karoonda’s grass roots, a major 5000-head sheep sale will take place in the Mallee town during August.

The initiative is a collaboration between the local community, farmers, Council and stock agent company Spence Dix & Co – which will see sheep sales return to Karoonda after a 13 year hiatus.

Karoonda has long been known for its big Merino ram statue, as a valued symbol of the town highlighting sheep farming in the district.  Now it’s set to make headlines as the heart of the Mallee comes alive with this significant economic and social event on Wednesday, 18 August 2021.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor Caroline Phillips said Council was pleased to assist in finding a suitable sale venue within the township, and excited to see the iconic sheep sale scenes come back to the town, and importantly, delivered in closer proximity to local sheep farmers.

“The local community is to be congratulated on their approach to Council with the idea of reinvigorating the sale.  This event will further raise the profile of the region’s strong sheep industry and farming reputation,” Ms Phillips says.

“With 80% of businesses in our district made up of the agriculture sector, working together on projects like this reiterates our profile as an agricultural hub.

“This certainly is a pleasing example of local farmers, Council and industry working together and supporting each other in what are still challenging times.

“A sale of this size offers additional benefits to the local community from increasing patronage to local businesses and social opportunities for locals. This aligns with Council’s economic development and tourism strategy - with agriculture being critical to our district’s sustainable future and creating another avenue for farmers to sell their stock,” Mayor Phillips says.

For the past 13 years, local farmers have been freighting their sheep to sales in Murray Bridge, Lameroo, Pinnaroo and Keith at a significant cost.

Local farmer Bruce Kerr said he would be supporting the initiative with the sale of his sheep.

“It’s incredible to have the sale back in Karoonda and it’s a true indication of the high quality of our Mallee sheep. We have a good reputation and are highly regarded, so it makes sense that we can hold sales here,” Mr Kerr says.

“This opportunity will allow farmers in the area to increase returns by saving on freight costs for livestock sales.  This financial benefit will be felt well into the future.”

Spence Dix & Co agent Simon Lehmann said it would be great to have as many breeders involved as possible, which will in turn attract a bigger buying gallery.

“One of the main parts of our job as livestock agents is marketing.  The most important part of marketing is listening to our vendors needs and buyers’ requirements,” Mr Lehmann says.

“The request from local producers and demand from regular buyers to be able to attend a local sale held in the traditional open cry auction system was significant.  That inspired our company to facilitate producers from local areas to sell their sheep in a Karoonda sale once again.

“We love being involved in great communities and community events. The rebirth of a Karoonda sheep sale certainly ticks those boxes.”

The sale of 5000 young ewes and breeding ewes will interface with Auctions Plus, starting at 1pm at the Karoonda Industrial Park, Lewis Road Karoonda.

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Media contacts:

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor Caroline Phillips

P: 0418 841 552| E: council@dckem.sa.gov.au

Spence & Dix & Co Simon Lehmann

P: 0427 478 590 | E: simon@spencedixandco.com.au

Karoonda Farmer Bruce Kerr

P: 0429 018 020| E: brucedee3@gmail.com