SUPER sire Roseville Park 09-0014 continues to top sales across the country.
Last week it was as the sire of the $28,000 top-priced ram at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show combined agents Merino sale on Monday at Bendigo, Victoria.
The ram has also sired the top-priced rams at the Royal Adelaide Show and Sheepvention at Hamilton in the last 12 months.
The $28,000 Poll Merino was offered by Coddington Poll Merinos, Yeoval, New South Wales, late in the catalogue at lot 113.
Coddington Poll stud principal Graham Coddington said the ram's pedigree was exceptional and was the first poll by RP09-0014 sold at auction.
The ram was purchased by the Dalla family, Orrie Cowie Merino and Poll Merino stud, Warooka, South Australia.
It was earmarked early in the day by agents as the potential top lot for its pedigree and wool - measuring 16.5 micron, 2.6 SD, 15.8 CV and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.
"He has magnificent wool that is crimpy, white, long, soft and has excellent tests," John Dalla said.
"He is also excellent on his feet because he stands really square and is a well set-up ram."
The price tag is the highest Orrie Cowie has paid for a ram, but Mr Dalla still described the purchase as a bargain.
"He will be used as an impact ram because he has such a soft, nourished, crimpy wool and together with his structure, we will be trying to breed big lines of well-structured, good-testing, soft Merino rams for the commercial market," he said.
The ram will make the journey to Dubbo, NSW, to be displayed at the Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale in August, before being used in an embryo transfer program.
The ram had been earmarked as a potential sire by many studs after it was sashed the junior champion ram at this year's Royal Sydney Easter Show.
Other sale highlights included a 2011-drop Merino ram offered by Merryville stud, Boorowa, NSW, which sold for $20,000 to Andrew Davis, Demondrille Merino stud, Harden, NSW.
"With wool measurements of 17.4 micron, 2.6 SD, 14.9 CV and 99.8pc CF, the August-shorn ram was purchased for lustrous wool and good constitution," Mr Davis said.
"You're always looking for a potential sire because often when you want it, they're not available but today there was a chance for me to buy."
The Merryville stud also had the honour of selling the third top-priced ram of the sale when it sold a Merino sire at $16,000.
This ram was purchased by HM Barty & Sons, Beverley Merino stud, Redesdale, Victoria and had wool figures of 18.0 micron, 2.5 SD, 13.9 CV and 99.9pc CF.
While none of the top rams are headed to WA, one ram will make the trip across the Nullarbor after Misty Hills stud principals Russell and Heather Meaton, purchased a Poll Merino ram from the Shalimar Park stud, Walcha, NSW, for $3500.
It was the first time the Meatons had purchased from the Shalimar Park stud despite having taken an interest in the stud and inspecting the sheep during field days.
Mr Meaton said the ram was a true ultrafine type and had the sort of wool they were looking for.
"He has very good wool figures and his size and wool cut for these figures is also impressive," Mr Meaton said.
The ram was sired by Shalimar Park Poll 703 and had wool figures of 14.9 micron, 2.3 SD, 15.4 CV and 99.9pc CF.
By the conclusion of the sale 87 of the 116 lots had been sold for an average of $3407.
In comparison at last year's sale 110 rams were offered, with 91 sold for an average of $3452.