EVERYTHING was up at Barloo's outstanding ram sale last week ‹ averages, top price plus everyone's spirits. There was a definite air of optimism about the wool industry on the day that woolgrowers voted to stick with WoolStock and at the Gnowangerup on-property sale where $2300 was top and the average of $839 was up $230 on last year. It was a tremendous result for the House family, with buyer names in the catalogue just about a repeat of last year, one of the exceptions being the buyer of Barloo's $2300 top-priced ram in pen two. He was bought by Hugh and Kathy Barrett-Lennard, St Leonards stud, Wongan Hills, with classer Kevin Broad the successful bidder on their behalf. The Barrett-Lennards breed their own rams. The ram ‹ with his long-stapled, soft, bright wool ‹ was from the Promoter family and had measurements of 17.3 micron and a CF of 99.6 when April tests were undertaken. (All sale ram tests were taken when the rams were 14 months of age). The top price was $300 better than last year in a sale well-handled by Elders auctioneer Roger Fris, who had no trouble selling the rams, such was the demand. Four were passed in, but two sold later, bringing the day's clearance to almost 99 per cent. Another stud to buy was Nanyanine, Kellerberrin, with Kevin Broad also bidding on behalf of stud principal Kit Leake, a previous Barloo client. Nanyanine bought two soft-woolled rams at $1500 and $1350. The sale started with a ram that had been retained for stud purposes, but not long before the sale, Barloo principal Richard House decided to include him in the auction. And seeing a great opportunity to buy genetics from the Noble family, return buyer Greg Stewart, GB & SF Stewart, Gnowangerup, was successful bidder at $1900 on the long-bodied 18.8 micron ram. Greg also bought rams at $2100, $1350 and $1000 (2). Two notable repeat buyers were Wemyss Estate, Gnowangerup, with Kevin Broad bidding on Graeme Winfield's behalf, and David Marshall, AD & RE Marshall, Lake Grace. Wemyss bought 18 rams to a $950 (3) top, while David bought 10 under the hammer to a $950 (3) top. Return buyers GR & M Fewson, Nyabing, bought six rams to a $1000 (2) top, with classer Russell McKay bidding on their behalf, while JE & M Kiddle, Gnowangerup, returned to buy rams at $1100, $1000 and $900. Cosgrove Nominees, Mingenew, bought six rams to a $950 (2) top and Woolaganup Estate, Borden, bought rams at $1000 (3), $950 and $900. Repeat buyer Coompertup Farms, Jerramungup, bought eight rams to a $650 top, while Kalannie farmers RG & JW Martin bought seven rams to a $1000 (3) top, with Mike Moore, Wesfarmers Dalgety, Gnowangerup, buying on their behalf.