IN introducing the offering of big, plain-bodied Poll Merinos to the large Kamora Netley Park sale crowd at the Sandalwood venue, Landmark auctioneer Leo Redden said 2012 and 2013 had been breakout years for the stud.
He said sheep breeders were noticing the quality Paul and Justin Boughen and their family were now producing, highlighted by a $25,000 sale at Adelaide last year.
His comments were supported by the sale result, with 142 of 153 rams offered in the main auction clearing to $4200 and averaging $1287 at the sale on Friday.
This was an increase of $1200 in the top price from last year's outstanding sale result, with prices across the sale also up $121 on average. A further 21 rams sold from the mini auction pens to $1400 and at a $507 average.
The larger crowd included several new buyers who increased the top end and middle ground bidding substantially.
This more than compensated for the absence of a couple of last year's volume buyers because of seasonal conditions in their part of the country.
Brian Boughen, Borrika, outbid all others for the impressive Kamora 204 offered midway through the catalogue. With figures of 20.2 micron, 2.8 standard deviation, 13.9 per cent co-efficient of variation, 99.7pc comfort factor and 76pc yield on a 7.8 kilogram fleece, this ram attracted the $4200 top price. Brian was active throughout the sale, buying nine in the main auction, plus two more in the mini auction.
Roger and Gail Duell were also regular top end Kamora clients who returned to buy. They went to the second top price of $4000 in buying their two selections.
But, the bidder who had the biggest impact on the sale was Dale West, manager for Kilcoolin Pastoral Co, Euroa, Victoria. He bought eight rams for the first time last year, including two at the equal $3000 top.
He paid to $3700 and averaged $2176, 69pc above the overall sale average.
*Full report in Stock Journal, August 8 issue, 2013.