A QUALITY line-up of well-nourished, white woolled rams were well received by buyers at last week's Westerdale Poll Merino on-property ram sale at McAlinden where they pushed prices to a top of $6300.
With strong support from return clients and a handful of new buyers chasing the quality white wools the stud is renowned for ensured the sale was solid from beginning to end.
When the final ram was knocked down by Landmark auctioneer Deane Allen, the Jackson family had cleared 109 of the 120 rams offered under the hammer at a healthy average of $1318, which was back $533 on last year's red hot average $1851 when 111 from 114 rams sold.
The drop in average was not unexpected given the seasonal conditions and industry issues of late and was on par with the Jackson family's expectations.
Mr Allen said the overall sale result was solid and the vendors were very happy with the outcome even though the average was back significantly.
"They were hoping the average would come back this year to allow regular buyers the opportunity to purchase the right number of rams at a reasonable price," Mr Allen said.
"As usual it was a quality line-up of rams exhibiting well-nourished, bright, white wools on good bodies and buyers showed their confidence in the sheep bidding up strongly.
"Once again the stud's regular clientele were at the forefront of buying as a result of knowing the sheep will perform well particularly in the wetter areas."
With a very even line-up of rams through the shed, it was easy to see why the sale was so solid throughout.
Prices varied little from start to finish, as buyers continued to find classy rams in the back run and were prepared to pay more than $2000 for them.
The sale got off to a flying start with the first run of 10 rams averaging $2690.
Leading the way in the run was a long-stapled, upstanding ram in pen one which stud principal Peter Jackson had selected out of his stud reserves to lead the sale.
Bidding kicked off at $2500 on the classy Poll sire and bids from all parts of the shed kept the selling team on their toes, with prices hitting $5000 and then $6000 before they knew it.
In the end it was buyer of more than 20 years, Steven Browne and his son Dale, SE & SA Browne, Bindoon, who had the winning nod at $6300 to secure the ram.
Steven Browne said they were chasing a ram with a fine-medium type wool and this ram fitted the bill.
"He has the type of wool we are chasing, it is bright and white and shows good definition," Mr Browne said.
"He also shows a good depth of body and a very good structure."
The ram will be used in the Brownes' nucleus flock of 140 ewes to breed rams for their 1200-head Merino flock, which averages 19 to 19.5 micron.
The long, deep, stylish woolled ram had May wool figures of 18.5 micron, 3.2 SD, 17.1 CV and 100 per cent comfort factor.
Losing bidder on the top-priced sire was Westover Grazing, Boddington.
After buying for the first time last year at the sale and getting some quality lambs on the ground Danny Hansberry, Daniel G Hansberry Family Trust, Orchid Valley, was back at the sale with one thing in mind and that was to secure another top breeding sire.
And that was exactly what he did when he bid to the sale's second top price of $4300 on the third ram offered.
Mr Hansberry, who will use the ram in a nucleus flock of 160 ewes to breed his own rams, said the ram was a big, stretchy ram with a good gutsy wool and good cutting ability.
The long-stapled, stylish woolled ram which showed good crimp definition carried May wool figures of 19.3 micron, 3.4 SD, 17.9 CV and 99.7pc CF.
After losing out on the ram purchased by Mr Hansberry, Hiview stud principals and first time buyers Perry and Sharon Corker put the disappointment behind them to secure the next ram in the catalogue at $4000 - the third top price of the sale.
Mr Corker said the ram carried a long-stapled, bold crimping, white wool on a good frame.
The ram will be mated to Merino ewes this season and form the basis for a future poll stud for the Corkers.
The ram measured 18.8 micron, 3.1 SD, 16.7 CV and 99.8pc CF when tested in May.
Once again buying strongly at the top end of the sale were longtime clients PR & AJ McElroy, Boyup Brook, who purchased four sires to a top of $2700 and an average of $2075.
Also buying at the higher end were MT & DJ Carroll, Boyup Brook, who secured a team of five at an average of $1260 and to a top of $1500, while ME Gibbs & Co, Boyup Brook, paid to a top of $1700 and averaged $1400 over a team of four rams.
Buying big numbers again and not afraid to get his first choices was DFD Rhodes Pty Ltd manager Michael Wright, Boyup Brook.
Mr Wright purchased 18 rams for the operation, which is aiming to mate 4700 ewes to Merinos and 2500 Merino ewes to White Suffolk sires, paying to a top of $3000 and an average of $1906.
The $3000 ram had May wool test results of 18.7 micron, 3.7 SD, 19.8 CV and 99.2pc CF.
The next biggest buyers in terms of numbers were regular buyers RI Mills, Boyup Brook, who purchased a baker's dozen (13 rams) at an average of $1015 and Digby Stretch, Stretch Enterprises, Kojonup, who secured 11 sires at an average of $864.
Other strong supporters buying sizable drafts were TJ & KI Sloan, Collie, who secured nine averaging $800, while RL & HM Tuckett, Boyup Brook and WP & ST Duffield, Darkan, both secured teams of eight at averages of $1175 and $1038 respectively.