THERE may not have been a contingent of WA Merino breeders at the Australian Sheep and Wool show in Bendigo last week, but those who were there made their presence felt.
At the sale on Monday Tenterden producers NT & DM Beech flew the WA flag when they purchased the top price ram at $11,000.
The ram was offered by Robert Harding's Glendonald stud, Nhill, Victoria.
The 22-month-old ram had a fleece measuring 21 microns with a standard deviation of 3.4, a co-efficient of variation of 16.2 and a comfort factor of 99.2pc.
Second-top price on the day was $7500 and was achieved by a Roseville Park ram, when it was purchased by Marcus Weeding, Milford, Conara, Tasmania, through Roberts Limited, Launceston.
The Roseville Park ram measured 18.7 microns and had a standard deviation of 2.6, a co-efficient of variation of 13.9 and comfort factor of 99.7pc.
Making the third-top price when it sold for $7000 was a Merryville ram when it was purchased by Beverley Merino stud, Redesdale, Victoria.
The 23-month-old ram had a fleece measuring 15.7 microns, a standard deviation of 2.7 and a co-efficient of variation of 17.2.
Its comfort factor was 99.9pc.
There were 105 rams sold in the sale for an average of $2200, while five ewes were also sold to a top of $1300 and an average of $490.
While the top price was higher than the $10,000 achieved twice last year, the average price for rams was back slightly on the $2360 recorded in 2005.