By REBECCA O'MEEHAN
ANGLESEY principal Geoffrey Sheperdson opened the stud's annual on property ram sale last week by praising the outstanding results of a number of his clients at recent wool sales.
In return long-term Anglesey clients showed their confidence in the studs bloodline, bidding over the $1000 mark on sixteen occasions and providing the stud with a $113 increase on the average price paid for their rams previously.
After what Mr Sheperdson described as one of the hardest seasons on record the Anglesey line-up provided an extremely consistent catalogue of white-woolled rams.
Gnowangerup farmer Kevin Frost once again took out top price honours paying $2100 for a sturdy, well finished 20.9 micron ram.
Mr Frost who has sourced Anglesey rams for more than fifteen years said he continued to do so because the stud offered consistently even sheep.
"I continue to get great results for my wool after mating with Anglesey rams and here I know we will always find the type of ram we are after for a good price," Mr Frost said.
Mr Frost took home a team of three rams which also included the top price poll ram for $1350.
Mr Sheperdson said it was pleasing to see a number of old clients return to support the sale, especially as a number of regular clients required fewer rams due to the tough seasonal conditions.
"Strongest support came for the bright white free-flowing soft wools," he said.
"It is rewarding to see the direction of our breeding aims so clearly endorsed by our flock and supporters.
GD & SE Jones, Kojonup put together the largest group of rams buying nine at an average $827 and to a top of $1050 for a poll merino.
A number of clients took home eight rams each, Kanud Nymann from Nymann Strathavon, Gnowangerup for an average $887and to a top of $1250 and JM & PA O'Neill, Ongerup for an average $662 and to a top of $900.
Other notable buyers included JW & CJ Campbell, Borden MG & M Watterson, Gnowangerup and P & W Bradshaw, Tambellup who each took seven rams and R & AO Macaulay, Borden who each took home a team of six.