STUD ewes sold for up to $100 a head at the Lyndurst Stud Merino dispersal at Gnowangerup on Monday.
The top price was bid by sheep classer Jeff Brown, who also paid $95 and $75 for other outstanding lines of ewes.
But he declined to divulge the buyer's name, saying only that it was a WA commercial sheep breeder.
The top money was invested in a class line of 137 rising 3yo ewes that had all the qualities to attract other stud buyers, but despite many in attendance the sale was conspicuous by its lack of activity amongst fellow stud breeders.
Jeff paid the $95 for 152 rising 2yo ewes and the $75 for the opening line of 40 rising 2yo ewes.
The third line of 28 rising 2yo ewes fetched $60, paid by H & B Pearce, Tallawah Grazing, Mt Barker, and was in line with values received for commercial sheep, clearly the strength of the sale.
Jeff bought a final line of 74 rising 6yo ewes for $50 for the same buyer.
All ewes had a February shearing and were due to lamb from early June.
Throughout the stud offering, commercial buyers were competitive with their support netting them top genetics at realistic values.
The best of the rising 4yo ewes fetched $60 a head and sold to Tallawah Grazing. The top price line of 101 rising 5yo ewes sold for $55 to the Gnowangerup Agricultural School, and the best of the rising 6yo ewes made $55 and sold to Temby Estate, Tenterden.
Katie Temby, who bid on the line, bought two other small stud lines after buying drafts earlier in the month to replace an enormous loss of more than 2000 head during the recent flood.
Two lines of ewe hoggets went under auctioneer Steve Harris' hammer, and both sold to Chadwell Estate, Cranbrook, for $40 for 63 and $45 for 171.
Elders sale co-ordinator Richard Poulish said younger stud ewes had been well sought after but the competition for the commercial sheep was even more solid, giving an overall result that vendor Greg Ball was pleased with.
An offering of young rams and working sires was an opportunity that former clients relished.
It was spearheaded by a Strath Haddon sire that Greg bought several years ago for $9400.
Its influence and success in the stud was indicated by the prolific number of yellow tags that appeared in the younger lines.
It raced to $900 and in a somewhat sentimental touch was sold to client and neighbour Michael Lance from OC & MG Chappell, Gnowangerup, who bought purely on reputation and without inspecting the old worker.
"My stepfather Jim Chappell bought the first ram Lyndhurst sold after they started in 1949, and now we have bought one of the last ones," Michael said.
The ram received high praise from his classer Jeff Brown.
A number of other sires made good money with WH Davis & Sons, Kulin, paying $725, and David King & Son, Kulin, paying $800 for single sires.
H & B Pearce bought a group of four for $575 a head, and former clients Ross and Steven Stutley, Gnowangerup, paid $650 for three workers as well as taking the opportunity to select a pen of 13 purple tag rams for $45 to sure up ram supplies for at least a couple of years.
The best of the 2004-drop purple tag rams made $50 for a pen of 10, and sold to RM & AD Ditchburn, Mt Barker.
While a big crowd was in attendance early, bidding on the stud sheep was erratic and it wasn't until the commercial lines came up that buyers showed their true confidence.
A winning $66 bid for 2yo wethers harked back to the grand days of the wool industry at its height.
This didn't come until the final pen of the day, and was paid by Denmark farmer Cedric Smith & Co for 446 2003-drop green tag wethers, carrying the extra length of a September shearing.
He was unfazed by the price, saying they were good sheep and he fully expected to pay for what he was getting.
The 211 younger purple tag line also sold strongly, with Glenorchy Estate, Gnowangerup paying $46.
The excellent start to the season and extra buyers in the market looking to replace their recent losses meant there was no shortage of competition for the commercial sheep.
One replacing losses was Murray Gibbs, Kojonup, who bought 313 2003-drop ewes for $57.
The 524 2002-drop ewes topped the commercial ewe offering at $62, bought by Alvaro de Toledo, Shamrock Grazing, Gordon River, who had been hunting sheep in recent weeks to increase numbers.
JW Sewell & Co, Pingelly, bought the 304 2001-drop ewes for $59; Graeme Groves, Tambellup, who bought several lines of stud ewes, paid $54 for the 412 2000-drop ewes; and Coolangatta Trust, Kojonup, another that lost sheep recently, bought the 311 ewe hoggets for $46.