AVERAGE and top price records tumbled at Lampata Poll Merino stud’s on-property sale for the second consecutive year, with Bruce, Gaye, Robert and Courtney Pocock achieving a full clearance of 60 paddock-run rams at Lameroo on Tuesday last week.
Strong competition from the 23 registered bidders pushed the top price to $4300 – a $300 increase on last year – while the sale average rose by a similar amount to $1551.
The Walker family, Keringa, Lameroo, paid the top price for L16080Tw – a well-balanced, 20.9 micron ram with above-average figures across the board, including +17 for clean fleece weight and +14 for body weight, culminating in a Lampata index of 106.3.
The family finished with three rams averaging $2933.
Keith Trenorden, Murray Bridge, paid the second-highest price of $3800 for L16321 – a 20M ram with a clean fleece weight percentage of 160.
Volume buyers Milton and Andrew Knight, Buccleuch, bought six rams in the main auction to $2100, while Ray and David Elleway made the long trip from Cleve worthwhile, taking four rams to $2600, averaging $1950.
Underbidder on the top price ram, Ben Hunt, Bordertown, bought four to $2300 through TDC Penola’s Peter DeGaris, averaging $2000.
Other buyers with four rams included Rodney Day, Lameroo, who went to $1700 and averaged $1525, LJ&CE Porker, topping at $1900 and averaging $1275, and long-term client Paul Wallis, Serviceton, Vic, paying to $1600, averaging $1225.
Lampata principal Bruce Pocock was pleased to see such high interest.
“Naturally we are happy our regular clients, plus the new buyers appreciate our sheep and are prepared to come and compete so strongly for them,” he said.
In the mini auction, 30 of 43 rams made to $800, averaging $620.
Elders Lameroo conducted the sale, with Steve Doecke taking the bids.
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