A EWE shortage combined with a quality yarding and a large crowd ensured prices at last week's Wesfarmers Landmark Katanning sheep sale peaked well above last year's prices at $67.50.
Numbers may have been down on previous years but the quality of the yarding was still as good as ever.
The quality yarding of more than 7100 ewes, wethers and lambs from surrounding districts grossed well over $371,000, making it worth nearly three times last year's amount.
And when the hammer finally fell over the final pen in the sale the yarding averaged an impressive $51.96 up from $17.43 last year, to follow the trend of many sheep sales around the state this season.
It was obvious throughout the sale that buyers took notice of Wesfarmers Landmark auctioneer Dennis Roberts' opening comments, that it was their opportunity to purchase some quality sheep, as it maybe the last chance to purchase good straight lines of ewes this year.
Again this year it was an impressive line of 254 2yo ewes offered by Bob and Jean Green, Allawah Grazing, Tambellup, that topped the sale at $67.50.
The sheer size of the Willemenup blood ewes turned heads and ensured there were bids coming from corners.
It was not only their size, which made an impression on the crowd but also their wool quality and quantity.
In the end however, it was Bevan Norrish, BJ & R Norrish & Son, Ravensthorpe, who had the final bid on the ewes that had been based on Willemenup blood for about the last 40 years.
Mr Norrish who is currently running around 1500 ewes said it was the first time he had bought sheep with Willemenup bloodlines and it was the ewes' frames and wool quantity that impressed him the most.
Mr Norrish who is in the process of restocking after some bad seasons said he hopes to increase his numbers by about 1000 in the next couple of years.
JH Nazzari & Co, Tambellup, line of 320 1.5yo Pooginook based August shorn ewes showing a great deal of nourishment in the wool made good money when HW & PR Murdoch had the final bid on them at $62.
Craigmore Pastoral Company, Katanning, had a large offering of ewes in the sale which were keenly sought after by buyers.
The strong demand for the Craigmore based ewes resulted in a line of 447 3.5yo March shorn ewes showing plenty of nourishment in the wool and with a 100pc lambing selling for $66 to TW & JM Crabtree, Jerramungup.
While a line of 404 of their older sisters (4.5yo) which were also March shorn made $56 when they were knocked down to R & C Davey, Wellstead.
The Daveys also bought a further line of Craigmore ewes, 179 2.5yo September shorn ewes for $56.50.
Mt Barker Transport was impressed by the 410 5.5yo March shorn ewes offered by Craigmore Pastoral Co paying $55.50 a head.
A line of 137 thick, soft 1.5yo September shorn Dongiemon September ewes met with strong demand, with account Capercup, Mt Barker, finally securing them for $60.
With graziers very active on the younger lines of ewes in the yarding butchers didn't get a look in until the older lines.
Beaufort River Meats ended the day with three lines of ewes from the sale including a line of 82 5.5yo Woolkabin based September shorn ewes with plenty of size for $39.40.
Wethers also met with strong demand at the beginning of the sale and set the early pace, when a line of 440 15mo AMS blood July shorn wethers offered by the Batchelor family, Auriga Pty Ltd, Broomehill made $62.
In the end they were knocked down to FH Weight, Albany, who has been buying sheep from the Batchelors for around 15 years.
A line of 248 August shorn wether lambs based on Yarrum Valley and Tilba Tilba bloodlines trucked in by Stobin Pty Ltd, Pingarup, were also hot items on the day making $48.50 when they were bought by Primaries Duranillin.
The only pen of ewe lambs sold on the day were keenly sought after by the many graziers present and resulted in them reaching a price of $44 when they were knocked down to Aurora Farms, through Wesfarmers Landmark Frankland, the line of 336 Golden Hill blood September shorn, May June drop lambs were offered by Newdegate Grazing, Newdegate.