The average and top price surged at Hill-View Dohne stud’s helmsman recent sale at Streaky Bay, on the back of good interest from local and interstate buyers.
At the 12th annual sale, Peter and Heather Holmes presented 65 rams and cleared 59 to $4000, with an overall average of $1322 – a lift of $257 from last year.
Greg Hall of the Ulooloo Dohne Stud at Hallett took home the $4000 ram, which boasted a fleece measuring 17.6 micron, and a Dohne index ranking of 177.8.
He selected the top price ram for its good structure, bodyweight, and strong wool figures.
Return buyers included TJ Patterson from Streaky Bay, with seven to $3700, averaging $1671, plus AA Trezona of Streaky Bay who bought five to $2800 and an average of $1360, and Everglen of Lock, also securing five to $2000, averaging $1340.
Other local Streaky Bay buyers also bought in bulk.
IP&SG Kenny bought four rams to $2700, averaging $1625, and Deep Well Station also took four, averaging $1125.
Loyal West Australian client AW Leach & Co, Katanning, didn't leave the sale empty-handed, having secured two rams averaging $2250.
Eagle Ridge at Cowell bought one ram for $3000.
Mr and Mrs Holmes were pleased with the sale result and attendance, with the opening lots fetching consistently high prices in what has been a tough season in many areas.
“If we sold half of our rams we would have been stoked, so to sell 59 out of 65 was a very big achievement as far as we’re concerned,” Mrs Holmes said.
“Our rams are paddock reared, which people appreciate because they know they’ll survive in the elements.
“We also concentrate on keeping an even body and fleece weight, and to get good muscle depth is a bonus,” Mrs Holmes said.
Landmark Streaky Bay conducted the sale.
“It was a very good sale for the conditions this season, the sheep were presented in really good condition,” Landmark’s Peter McEvoy said.
“Peter and Heather were very happy with the result, with only a few rams that were passed in.”