A QUALITY line-up of Poll Merino, White Suffolk and Poll Dorset sires were offered at Carcuma North's 13th annual sale at Peake on Wednesday last week.
All up, the Johnson family cleared 28 of the 36 Poll Merino rams offered, to a top of $3800 - well up on last year's high of $3200 and increasing the 2019 average by $344 to $1382 - while 21 Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams of 27 offered sold to $1150, averaging $842.
Co-principal Grant Johnson welcomed buyers to their annual sale, with 20 registered, particularly regular buyers for their continued support for the stud's breeding program.
"The conditions over the last 12 months have been much improved and the sheep have presented very well, having benefited from better season," he said.
"We had a very successful 2019 Royal Adelaide Show, taking out champion Merino ram fleece and the most successful exhibitor for the third consecutive year."
For the 12th year, the Heym family, Peake, featured strongly in the sale stats, buying seven Poll Merinos to $2800, averaging $1586.
As a bonus of being the volume Poll Merino buyer on the day, the Heyms were the lucky recipients of a Wool Dozer vest.
Yakkaroo Pastoral, Coomandook, bought the sale's top price ram at lot 6 for $3800, which boasted figures of 18.6 micron, 3.3 standard deviation, 17.7 coefficient of variation and 99.4 per cent comfort factor.
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Yakkaroo Pastoral connections successfully bid on another two rams, averaging $2267 across the three sires, and were awarded a Mini Jumbuk woollen underlay on behalf of the Carcuma North stud, along with a wool snug scarf from Australian Wool Network, as the purchaser of top price Poll Merino ram.
KR&ML Thiele, Mannum, bought four Poll Merino rams to $1600, averaging $1050; while repeat buyers SJ&AL Wiencke, Karoonda, bought three rams to $2000, averaging $1200.
Five Poll Dorset rams sold to $1150 for lot 19, bought by DC&AK Schmidt, through Elders Lameroo, who also bought lot 22 at $850, while the other three Poll Dorsets sold to DP&VL Stott, through Elders Coonalpyn, to $950, averaging $866.
Sixteen White Suffolk rams were sold out of the 18 offered, to $1000, paid by TJ,WC&MJ Fiebig, through Elders Keith, who bought another two, averaging $900.
DS, PR&JK Piggott, through Spence Dix Co, bought six White Suffolks at $800.
Co-principal Carolyn Johnson was thrilled to see such strong demand among the many return clients during the 2020 sale, especially as the wool price had come back a bit. And were very happy with the price received for the top price ram.
"We're confident it'll fill the wool bales for them," she said.
Elders and Nutrien Ag Solutions conducted the sale.
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