YET another stud sale to attract an increase in overall average compared to last year was the offering of Merino and Poll Merino rams by the Gooding family's East Mundalla stud, on-property at Tarin Rock last week.
Elders auctioneer Dennis Roberts offered a total catalogue of 160 head, up by 10 head on last year and 157 sold at auction to average $1451, up by $169 on last year when 148 head sold.
The big rise came in the offering of 55 Poll Merinos which all sold to average $1440, up by $410 on last year when 54 head sold.
The team of 105 Merino rams, up by 10 head on last year, saw 102 sell at auction to average $1456, this up by $29 on the 2012 sale.
No doubt another pleasing aspect for the East Mundalla connections was that both the top prices in the Merino and Poll Merino offerings went to first time buyers of rams from the stud.
Along with the catalogue indication August wool test results, included this year as yet another buying guide was an eye muscle test taken just under three weeks prior to the sale.
The first run of 40 Merinos saw 19 of the first 21 rams offered all sired by Jonty 137 and it appeared as though the top price might have been set with Lot 3, by Jonty 137, selling at $5000 to Graeme Kerse, Cramphorne stud, Muntadgin.
Mr Kerse has purchased rams from East Mundalla before and went on later in the catalogue to buy another son of Jonty 137 at $2300.
The losing bidder on lot three was Leon Morgan, AT & D Morgan & Co, Lake Grace, who went on to pay the top price for the overall sale of $5600 for a ram from the East Mundalla Olympic family.
Mr Morgan and his wife Joanne farm in partnership with Leon's parents, Trevor and Dot and they breed their own rams, purchasing Jonty semen last year for use in their nucleus flock.
This, however, was their first purchase of a sire from East Mundalla.
Although missing out on lot three, Leon and Trevor had lot 19 marked, both saying it had the quality of wool they were after. Its August 17 wool test being 19 micron, 3.4 SD, 17.1 CV, 99.9 per cent comfort factor and an eye muscle depth of 41mm.
The losing bidder on this ram was a potential first-time buyer to the stud in Jason Griffiths, Canowie Fields stud, Gairdner, who was there with Elders representative Russell McKay.
Other higher prices in the Merino section, all sons of Jonty 137, saw $3800 paid for lot one by regular buyer Mick Sim, Kurrara Park stud, Highbury, the losing bidder on this ram being Stephen Rose, SC & LG Rose, Wickepin, who later bought two at $3600 and $2500.
Another at $3400 went to another regular client, Jim Davidson, RVC Davidson, Kukerin.
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It was another first-time buyer to East Mundalla who paid the top price of $4100 in the Poll Merino catalogue.
Laurence Steele, KLF & RE Steele, farms with his family at Pingrup and also breeds rams for use in the family's commercial flocks and he went to $4100 to buy one of Fred 988 breeding, with wool test figures of 21.2 micron, 3.5 SD, 16.5 CV, 99.6pc CF and 43 EMD.
The losing bidder on the top Poll ram was Paul Keley, P & L Keley, Katanning, who went on to buy two others from the Poll catalogue at $1700.
Two others in the Poll team sold at $2000, one going to the Ditchburn family, Golden Hill stud, Kukerin, the other to Todd Edwards, TR & DK Edwards, Dumbleyung, buyer of another at $1200.
There was solid bidding right throughout the Poll offering with all 55 head offered selling at $1000 or more resulting in the big $410 lift in average over last year.
Clients to buy only from the Poll offering included Vance Nicholls, MJ & PA Nicholls, Lake King, who went home with nine up to $1500, Ashley McDonald, RA McDonald & Co, Newdegate, eight up to $1600, twice.
Seven including up to $1200 for four, were bought account JB & J Orr, Newdegate and five, up to $1900, went to Ted and Rowan Astbury, EI & SM Astbury, Harrismith.
There were a few buyers who bought what they wanted regardless of whether they had horns or not.
One of these was Bradon Mott, JG Mott & Co, Dumbleyung, who was the volume buyer on the day buying 13 head up to $1900 in both sections of the catalogue.
Two clients, Ian Lloyd, IF & SJ Lloyd, Newdegate and Damien Gooding, ML & HI Gooding, Dumbleyung, each went home with 11 head purchased from the Merino catalogue, another five regular clients each went home with seven, again all from the Merino section.
On a lighter note, the Goodings have trained their rams well.
When Dennis Roberts knocked one down after a bid on his leg from behind at $1800, he turned around to see who the buyer was but with no one there he realised the tap on the leg came from the ram being bid on and therefore knocked it down to the front bidder at $1700.
When asked how many bids the offending ram had, he jokingly said, "only four".
All up 44 potential buyers registered for the sale and 37 were buyers on the day.
Speaking on behalf of the family, studmaster Daniel Gooding said he felt it was a good commercial average brought about by both return clients and some first timers to the stud and it was great to see the confidence being shown in the industry.
Mr Roberts said it was one of the best averages for the stud due to an outstanding penning of commercially-focused Merino and Poll Merino rams.
"The entire offering carried very good productive wools and I was proud to stand over them," he said.
"To achieve the overall average without extremely high prices is a tribute to the genetic quality of the stud which has produced the quality wools over the entire team."