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‘Pigs and Pinot’ stud sale a success at Royal Sydney Easter Show

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Linton Batt, Australian Pig Breeders President and RAS NSW Councillor, James Sharpe, Elders Walcha Livestock Agent, Brian Kennedy, Elders NSW Stud Stock Agent, vendor John Singh with Punjab Marshall N69, purchaser WPG Enterprises and RAS NSW Councillor and RAS NSW Pig Committee, Janie Forrest.

The inaugural ‘Pigs and Pinot’ stud pig sale, facilitated by Elders, showcased the diversity and quality of Australia’s pig breeds at the Royal Sydney Easter Show last week.

08 April 2024, AU: The auction, overseen by Elders NSW stud stock auctioneer Brian Kennedy, saw a solid average sale price of $822, with the top price reaching $1600 for a White Larger boar and $1550 for a Berkshire Gilt.

Brian said the catalogue at the sale was diverse, with 29 stud pigs across six breed varieties on offer.

“The top boar was a Large White boar on account of John Singh from Punjab stud,” Brian said.

“He sold for $1650 and stayed locally here in the Sydney basin. The Berkshire gilt came all the way from Western Australia and made $1550.”

The sale featured mainstream breeds, including Landrace and Large Whites, alongside selectively bred Duroc pigs from notable studs including Gumshire. Among the traditional breeds were Tamworths, known for their hardiness and suitability for smaller holders, and Wessex Saddlebacks, the last purebred Wessex in the world. The sale attracted an engaging crowd in-person, and also had great support from online bidders. 416 AuctionsPlus viewers jumped online to watch the sale, with 5 lots selling via the digital platform. 

Royal Agricultural Society councillor Janie Forrest hailed the sale as a success, emphasising its significance for both vendors and the pig industry as a whole. 

“The inaugural ‘Pigs and Pinot’ sale not only showcased the diversity and quality of Australia’s pig breeds, but also underscored the industry’s commitment to innovation, tradition and sustainability,” Janie said.

Reflecting on her interactions with breeders and industry enthusiasts, Janie expressed optimism about the future of the sector, particularly in engaging youth and preserving heritage breeds.

“There is so much opportunity for youth in the industry. We hope sales like ‘Pigs and Pinot’ will play a role in encouraging young people to see a future with us and better understand what the industry can offer as a pathway,” Janie said.

“Pigs and Pinot is also important in its role connecting stud breeders with commercial breeders, meat wholesalers and restaurants. Connecting industry sectors is good for business, and we expect that to grow next year.”

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