POLL Merino breeder Wes Titley is hopeful that his upcoming on-property ram sale on August 13 will go well following recent confidence-boosting rains across the state.
"There are less sheep around than ever, but with the season is proving so good hopefully people will want to get back into sheep again," he said.
"We should see surplus sheep sell well and people wanting to buy 1.5-year- old ewes will have to pay, so they might swing back to breeding them instead."
Wes and his wife Andy, from Sherlock stud in the Mallee, are celebrating their 30th annual sale and will offer 110 rams.
"This year, we have decided to sell everything on-property to give our clients the opportunity to buy here," he said.
Included in the catalogue are a large number of sons and grandsons of Collinsville Majestic, who has bred so well for the stud, and rams sired by a Blue Hills ram the Titleys bought four years ago.
Wes says he enjoys the challenge of ram breeding and has never chased fads, continuing with heavy-cutting sheep displaying well-nourished, fine wool.
*Full report in Stock Journal, July 25 issue, 2013.