Leitch Pastoral has online auction

A MASSIVE online auction of sheep, lambs and goats offered by former Killarney and Pittsworth abattoirs operator Dudley Leitch fetched nearly $156,000, as reported by Auctions Plus yesterday.

Leitch Pastoral Group put up for sale just over 4000 Dorper and Damara-cross sheep and lambs and a number of Boer goats from its traprock farms west of Warwick.

Initial sale notices put the number to be offered at around 7000 but it is understood 1500 ewes to have been up for grabs had not finished lambing by the time of the sale and were withdrawn.

Abattoir entities owned by Mr Leitch and his family have gone into liquidation since the two plants closed in February, leaving 230 people without work and owing nearly $8 million to creditors.

Five lots of light or store lambs including ewes and wethers numbering 2165 head fetched a total of $154,590, with the top breeding ewes selling for $100 a head.

Another three lots of light lambs totalling 1668 were passed in.

Two lots of five rams each were sold for $140 a head to return $1400, bringing the total proceeds of the sale to $155,990.

Also passed in were five lots of rams totalling 27 head, while 23 other lots totalling 133 rams and Boer goats attracted no bids.

Mr Leitch was unavailable for comment yesterday but previously told the Daily News proceeds from the sale would not flow on to his abattoir creditors and would be used as operational capital for his sheep-farming operations.

The Pittsworth abattoir has been purchased by the owners of the Swickers pork processing plant at Kingaroy, while Killarney remains on the market.



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