A quality yarding of more than 3200 Merino and Border Leicester cross ewes tempted bidders out of the shade and into the saleyard lanes on a sweaty sale day at Kojonup last Friday when the Primaries team held its annual December sheep sale.
It was a hot day at the Kojonup saleyards recently but that didn't stop producers from gathering for the Elders special sheep sale.
WA's newest sheep breeds gave a timely boost to the shedding breeds overall results and finish the 2019 ram selling season on a high.
South African originated dual purpose breeds performed admirably this ram selling season, despite results being slightly down across all indicators.
Given the number of ewes that have left the system in the past few years and this year's dry winter, many expected this year's British and Australasian breed sales to be back but they weren't.
After going to a whole new level last year on the back of record-breaking wool and sheep prices, Merino ram sales across the State this year in general were back on last year.
After a record breaking year in 2018, ram sales across Western Australia saw a modest correction this year, but there remained plenty of positives for stud breeders to retain optimism for their industry.
Elders held the first of its three special spring ewe sales at Kojonup last week and the buyers appreciated the line-up, pushing prices to $162 as the wind blew up and the grey rain clouds rolled in.
Strong support from local and Eastern States buyers at the recent Anderson Rams Poll Merino on-property ram sale at Kojonup helped the Anderson family record another cracking sale result, including a 100 per cent clearance and a $2781 record average.
A brand new stud sire was on display at the Ridgetop on-property ram sale, with the Carter family keen to show off the stud's continued investment in genetic direction, which paid off with interest at the top end of the sale, resulting in a top-price of $2000 reached twice.