This year’s ram sales have been a success, with large increases in prices for Merinos and terminal sires the standouts, Elders stud stock manager Ross Milne said.
Mr Milne said from the same time last year, Merinos had seen increases in the range of $200 to $500 on average, while terminal sires had increased by an average of $100 to $200 in the same timeframe.
‘‘Prices are as good as they have been in recent memory,’’ he said.
■Womboota Pastoral has been left celebrating a ‘‘very good’’ result after a total clearance at its sale on September 28.
Strong crowds turned out for the sale at the stud’s shearing shed in Womboota (north of Echuca) to see the 74 Border Leicester rams go up for sale.
Stud principal Malcolm Starritt said one ram sold for a top price of $2600, with an overall average of $1500.
‘‘We’re very happy with the result and it’s just a reflection of the quality season we’ve all had,’’ Mr Starritt said.
Volume buyers, the Durrants from Bunnaloo and Tarcombe Herefords at Ruffy, purchased 12 and nine rams respectively, with rams sent across the state to Pyramid Hill, Yarrawonga, Corowa, Deniliquin and Shepparton, and across Bass Strait to Tasmania.
Mr Starritt said he was very pleased with the result.
‘‘It’s always good to see repeat buyers coming back and humbling to get such a good sale,’’ he said.
■A complete clearance of 99 rams was watched by a solid crowd at the Ancona 7th annual ram sale last week.
Stud owner Dave Ingpen, from Ancona (north-east of Merton), said he was pleased with the sale that saw 78 Poll Dorsets and 21 White Suffolks sell for an average price of $1128 and a total of $111672.
‘‘We are very happy to get good repeat buyers,’’ he said.
‘‘Repeat buyers have been coming back for four or five years now.’’
The top priced ram went for $1800 and was classified with Carcase Plus of 215, with high growth and high muscle classifications.
Mr Ingpen said the Burges Group, from Henty, were the top buyers, purchasing 26 rams, while 26 others went to two buyers (12 and 14) from Mansfield.