BUYERS at Carcuma Norths annual on-property auction at Peake on Wednesday last week rewarded Grant and Carolyn Johnson with an improved top price, sale average and clearance rate.
In the Poll Merinos, 27 of 29 rams sold to $2800 $1200 above last years sale peak.
The $1200 average was also a significant improvement on 2017, up $237.
The Heym family, Peake, were once again the most prominent buyers, taking eight rams including the sale-topper and averaging $1825.
This was their 10th year buying at Carcuma North, and they wasted no time getting involved in the bidding.
They bought the first six rams offered, paying $1800-$2800, and later added another two sires for $1000 and $800, including the last lot in the catalogue.
The top price ram, CN 014, was from the studs Orrie Cowie family line, and weighed more than 100 kilograms with wool figures of 17.8 micron, 2.6 standard deviation, 14.6 coefficient of variation and 99.9 per cent comfort factor.
The second-highest price of $2100 was paid three times; twice by the Heyms and once by Steven and Andrew Wiencke, Lameroo. The Wienckes bought four rams averaging $1388. New clients Matthew and Lisa Ballard, Yakkaroo Pastoral, Coomandook took six to $1050, averaging $767.
The Johnson familys prime lamb sire breeds rounded out the sale offering.
Nine of 18 Carcuma North White Suffolks and four of seven Select Poll Dorsets sold to $850 four times, averaging $673.
Gwyn Pickering, Peake, paid the $850 top for two White Suffolks, while Darren Schmidt, Lameroo, also paid $850 for the two top Poll Dorsets.
Elders and Landmark were joint selling agents, with Elders Laryn Gogel the auctioneer.