The marginal fall in averages across the board by $46 on last year and a selling shed chock-a-block full of large-bodied, heavy-cutting quality woolled rams averaging 20.6 micron and 98.5pc comfort factor proved testimony to the principals' continued investment in top genetics and professional client service.
The sale started with a bang and failed to lose this momentum until well into the second half of the catalogue as buyers competed heavily on their selected lots.
The sale's $16,200 top-price came forth in lot two on a thumping 116kg son of Western Purple 14 that was purchased by Elders Breeding Services representative Dennis Roberts on behalf of the Narbethong stud, Kondinin, and Oak Bank stud, Victoria.
The ram tested 19.7 micron, 3.9 SD, 19.6 CV and 98.9 pc comfort factor.
Narbethong stud principal Barry Wilkins, who purchased a share said it was difficult to find quality Collinsville sheep these days and with East Mundalla retaining semen the proof was in the pudding.
"Collinsville-type sheep have done well in our area since establishing the stud in the early 50s," he said.
"The combination of wool lustre and body size shows he had a lot going for him."
The buoyant first run of rams continued with lots one and four making $7000, purchased by Greg Ball, Dumbleyung, and Landmark stud stock representative Rick Power on behalf of Ermington Pastoral Company, NSW.
Mr Ball's ram was also a son of Western Purple 14 and tested 20.8 micron, 3.4 SD, 16.4 CV and 99.4 comfort factor while rocking the scales to 110kg.
Mr Ball said he was a complete sheep with overall structure and wool type and would be used in a nucleus flock to breed sires for their operation's 3500 commercial ewes.