KANGAROO Island stud Stokes Bay Genetics sold Poll Dorset rams to $2800 at its 11th annual on-property sale on Friday.
The top ram at lot 12 sold to Platinum Livestock purchasing for Mayhem Pastoral, KI.
"Lot 12 was a excellent ram with huge growth and was the stand out ram all the way from weaning and was used as a ram lamb," stud principal Michael Stanton said.
It had ASBVs of 12.4 weaning weight, 19.1 post-WWT, 2.3 post-eye muscle depth, Terminal Carcase Production index of 159 and a Carcase Plus index of 227.
Platinum Livestock purchased three top rams, averaging $1866.
Overall 84 rams sold from 92 offered, averaging $1111 - a $148 increase on the 2018 sale, when 81 rams sold from 98 offered to $2600.
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Zach Trethewey, through Platinum Livestock, bought nine rams averaging $955.
As the top volume buyer, he received a five-litre Startect drench from Zoetis representative Mary Chirgwin.
Other key buyers were the Tremaine family with eight rams averaging $850; Manor Estates with eight averaging $800; A&C Bussenschutt with seven averaging $1070; Ivan Read Hotel Projects with six averaging $1050; G&T Johnston with six averaging $833; and Buck Pastoral with five averaging $1420.
The sale was conducted by Landmark.
It was a big week for the Stanton family who also ran a Breeding Your Future workshop the day before the sale, with New Zealander Dr Mark Ferguson and Darren Gordon from neXtgen Agri.
Producers from across SA travelled to KI to listen about how to improve business profitability.