THERE was an air of exuberance at the North Cowie Merino and Poll Merino stud's annual ram sale at Warooka, after the on-property record price was broken twice during the main auction.
In the main sale, 61 of 64 rams were sold to $6000, averaging $1954, while 74 of 90 rams sold in the mini auction.
Regular buyers Philip and Sandy Gutsche, Yorketown, bought the $6000 top-price ram - a $1400 increase on the top ram price at last year's sale.
The 121.5-kilogram Merino, a son of NC6.01, had a 19.7-micron fleece with 2.8 standard deviation, 14.2 coefficient of variation and 133 per cent greasy fleece weight.
The Gutsche family bought six rams in total, averaging $2650.
The second record breaker was the heaviest ram in the catalogue, a 122.5kg son of Mazda, and was bought by Inverglen Farms, Horsham, Vic.
North Cowie co-principal Joe Murdoch said the family was pleased with how the sale went, saying a focus on getting richness and nourishment into their wools was a factor in the success.
"We were really happy with how the sale went," he said.
"We had a good clearance and picked up some new clients and it was pleasing to see the optimism people have in our rams."
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Mr Murdoch also said it was pleasing to see their main pastoral client Wirryilka Pastoral, Broken Hill, NSW, supporting them heavily.
Wirryilka bought 17 rams in the main auction, averaging $859, and 47 in the mini auction, averaging $632.
Poll Merinos were sold to $4400 twice with WMM&A Pengilly, Warooka, buying a 104.5kg son of NC150322, and HR Allen & Co, Warooka, buying a 111.5kg son of OC Opal.
Landmark auctioneer Leo Redden described the sale as the "best ever" at North Cowie.
"There were a number of rams sold between $4000 and $6000 at the top end, while there were also a lot of rams sold between $1000 and $1500 which represented good value for buyers," he said.
"These sheep continue to deliver rich quality, stylish wools on fast-growing carcases. That's what buyers are responding to."
Landmark's Mr Redden and Alistair Keller conducted the sale, alongside Elders' Tony Wetherall.
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