MILLSTON stud once again offered a spectacular display of Merino rams, with the top price almost double last year's at $2250, paid by Muntadgin farmers TR Major. The Elders, Wesfarmers Dalgety joint sale was certainly not one to be missed with a large crowd in attendance. The collection of rams that were on display showed the true Millston stud characteristics: solid framed sheep, well-crimped wool, long staple length, and consistency within the wool. Along with these characteristics, farmers were offered the option of having their rams shorn before they left the property to reducing any worry of seeds in the stocks eyes and the like. The sale saw an increase in the top price from $1150 last year and an increase in average of $446 to $564, this being achieved while also having an 89 per cent clearance. Before the sale, farmers were told of the recent measurements that were taken in wool trials in Nungarin with a group of sheep from different farms, including Millston. Millston stud averaged $6 above the average and had a top of $12 above the average. Farmers were also offered the rams' measurements on the day so they could be compared between the flock, and particular attention was shown in the finer micron sheep. "Sheep with the better figures in relation to micron comfort factor and the like sold well," auctioneer Adrian Gamble, Elders Kellerberrin, said. "The sale was significantly up on last year's due to the wool market. This is similar to other recent ram sales." Michael Forward, Wesfarmers Dalgety Merredin, said: "The sale went well for the season, almost all of the buyers from last year returned to buy again this year, as the quality of the sheep is of a high standard." In all, everyone involved was happy with the way the sale went, including the stud principal Sam Teasdale. "We are very happy with the sale, as there were more rams sold this year, with good bidding. Top price bidder Trevor Major has been buying at this stud for 25 years, reflecting the quality of his wool and the returns he is getting," Mr Teasdale said. Bidding was off with a bang, with the first ram selling to Guadagnin, Southern Cross, for $700. The top price was found in pen 24, for a long-bodied ram with a micron of 18.61 and a comfort factor of 99.15. Buyer TR Major, who also secured the top price ram last year was after quality at this sale, paying $1150 and $1100. The third highest price, $1100, was paid by numerous bidders, the first being GR Teasdale, Badgingarra, who brought two at this price, and adding three other rams at $800, $550, and $300. Mertondale Stud, Hines Hill, also paid $1100 for one of their rams and buying three others for an average of $750. The Eiffler Brothers, Marvel Loch, were selective at this sale, however they also took the winning bid on one of the $1100 priced rams, along with another ram priced at $600. Two rams sold at $950, with one going to R and K Burro, Southern Cross, who were also in the market for five other rams, reaching an average of $590. Narembeen farmer Bruce Jackson bought the second ram priced at $950, and also bought one of the final rams on the day for $800. South Burracoppin farmers, BH Davies, were multiple buyers, taking home with them 16 rams on the day reaching an average of $ 413.