Eyre Peninsula buyers were again strong supporters of Kiandra Poll Merino stud's 24th annual on-property auction on Tuesday at Senior, north of Bordertown, taking home at least half of the offering.
Demand was strong on the top end with six rams making $4000 or more but the orders from the 18 registered bidders, mainly repeat clients, ran out into the final stages of the sale.
In the breakdown Ryan and Sarah Kluska sold 62 of 80 April 2018-drop to July 2018-drop rams, with good white wools, averaging $1905- down $179 on 2018's average.
The $5200 sale topper, lot 25, headed south, bought by AK&JE Terry, Lochaber and his Landmark wool representative Peter Hollenberg.
They were impressed by the "bold, crimping" wool type and overall outlook of the son of Poll Boonoke 161923 which the Kluskas bought for $24,000 in 2017.
The April 2018 drop, born a twin, weighed 101 kilograms and was carrying a 19.1 micron fleece.
The Terrys bought two other rams at $2300 and $2200.
"We have been using Kiandra rams for about 12 years and are finding the older rams are holding on better and the wools are staying true-to-type," Andrew Terry said.
Wheare Holdings, Goldmine Hill Farms, Lock, who bought the 2018 sale topper, was a volume buyer with eight rams for a $3875 average.
This included the $5100 second highest priced ram- sired by Willandra 160002 with a post weaning weight figure in the top 10pc of MerinoSelect at 8.6.
Going head-to-head on many of the same lots as Wheare Holdings was Karwin Nominees, Field, who bought 10 rams for a $2410 average,including the final lot at $800.
PA&LM Kammermann,Lock, secured seven rams for a $1600 average.
Quality Livestock auctioneer David Whittenbury said the Kluskas were breeding "very commercially relevant sheep", all being paddock prepared .
They had good carcases and wool types, backed with excellent ASBVs.
"It is the most consistent line-up I have stood over, which is a mixture of the good season but also the genetic potential of the rams being expressed," Mr Whittenbury said.
"The sheep at Kiandra are underrated but when people come and try them they are returning regularly because they perform for them."
He said the seasonal conditions and reduction in ewe numbers had impacted on the sale but the exceptional returns for meat and wool were reflected in their top end prices paid.
Mr Kluska said he was really pleased with the body weights from 110 to 115kg and progress the stud was making with its Australian Sheep Breeding Values which their clients were increasingly looking for.
"We are really commercially focussed and having our clients receive good results for their livestock is what we are aiming for," he said.
"A few more buyers would of made it a bigger day but it was really good value with rams down to $800 with great data."
Quality Livestock conducted the sale with Elders' Laryn Gogel sharing the auctioneering duties.
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