YET again another positive ram sale was pencilled into the WA Merino calendar last week at Wongan Hills where prices peaked at $1300 and the sale average was up $186.
At the Elders-Wesfarmers Landmark multi-vendor sale four Merino studs sold 65 rams, at a 93pc clearance rate (4pc better than last year) to a healthy sale average of $755.
Both Elders Breeding Services auctioneer Kim McDougall and Wesfarmers Landmark Wongan Hills Branch manager Grant Lupton were very happy with the sale result and clearance rates.
With Mr McDougall saying the sale revealed that traditional grain growers were still committed to growing sheep and wool and this was demonstrated by their positive approach to buying rams throughout the sale catalogue.
The $1300 top price ram was sold by the Westlake family's Dabrappy stud, Calingiri, to fellow stud breeder and vendor DG & D King, Big Springs Merino stud, Bolgart.
The long, soft woolled, well nourished Merino ram was the third to be sold in the Dabrappy offering and had April wool test measurements of 18.1 microns, 20.4 CV and a 99.6pc comfort factor.
This is the first time the Big Springs stud have bought a ram from the Dabrappy stud, however, Stuart King, Big Springs Merino stud, said they have used semen from the Westlake's stud in the past.
It was the ram's size and soft crimping wool that caught his eye and resulted in the purchase at the sale.
"The ram will be used in the stud to inject a new bloodline into a well established Jaloran genetics," Mr King said.
The Calingiri based stud had a ripper of a sale having a 100pc clearance of its 15 Merinos at an average of $903, up $306 on last year.
Along with selling the top price ram they also sold three rams for $1250, second top price, to repeat clients FS & JR Easton & Son, Moora, Alan Mead, Kanara Investments, Calingiri and D & E Spark, Goomalling.
Both the Eastons and Kanara Investments secured a second ram from the stud for $650 and $800 respectively.
The Dabrappy Polls also sold well with long time client L & L Oliver, Wongan Hills securing the stud's top priced poll, a soft handling wooled ram for $800, along with two more for $600 and $500.
David and Scott Kelly's Northwich Poll Merino stud had a blinder of sale selling their complete offering of 25 rams under the hammer for an average of $782, up an impressive $311 on last year.
The top price Northwich ram was also the sales equal second top price at $1250.
The long soft white wool on the large frame must have appealed to repeat buyers H Renk & Son, Bindi Bindi, when they secured the $1250 ram.
The Renks also secured a second ram from the stud further down the line-up for $1150.
Elders Breeding Services consultant Kevin Broad buying on behalf of MJ & DK Criddle, Northampton, was a volume buyer of the Northwich rams securing a team of 6 sires to a top of $1050, while CA Sadler & Co, Wongan Hills, was biggest buyer of the Northwich Polls securing eight at an average of $831.
The Billeroy stud out of Goomalling sold 11 rams to a top of $1050 and to an average of $705.
The buyer of the $1050 top price well nourished and soft handling Billeroy ram was SG Coleman & Co, Cunderdain.
The Coleman's were good supporters of the Billeroy stud taking home a further three rams for $1000, $750 and $600.
Doug French & Co and SF Chester & Co both of Gomalling took home three rams to tops of $800 and $900 respectively.
After buying the sales top priced ram the Big Springs stud sold their entire offering of six rams to an average of $608.
CJ & VF King, Calingiri secured the top priced Big Springs Merino with stylish wool for $950.
While Richard Smith & Sons, Goomalling, were big supporters of the Bolgart based stud buying four rams to a top of $600.
The sale then moved into the Prime Lamb sires with both Suffolk and White Suffolk rams offered.
Calcarra Suffolk stud cleared their entire offering of 12 sires and topped this section of the sale with a top price of $550, up $150 on last year.
Once again Gilmour Pty Ltd, Perenjori, was the top price buyer, securing the long and thick bodied $550 sire from the Young family.
The Gilmours also bought at $500, $475 and $450 from Calcarra.
Fenwick Farm Suffolks also had a 100pc clearance of their 14 Suffolk and two White Suffolk rams.
The Fenwick Suffolk sires peaked at $400 twice, with Mirradong Farm, Ballidu, and Harding Sawyer, Dalwallinu, the buyers.
Harding Sawyer also secured another two quality sires both for $350.
Fenwick's White Suffolk offering created interest between buyers with one selling for $425 to AC & VM Mead, Calingiri and the other selling for $400 to CA Sadler & Co, Wongan Hills.