AT the 14th annual Hillview Dohne ram sale recently, Heather and Robert Holmes cleared all 65 rams offered to a top of $4000, with an overall average of $1587 - a lift of $96 from the previous year.
All rams were paddock reared and were a well presented even line with mostly returning buyers attending the sale.
Last year's sale saw 60 of 65 rams sold to $3500, averaging $1491.
Good rains in the previous 10 days to this year's sale had buyers in a buoyant mood.
A strong bidding dual between Ulooloo and Eagle Ridge studs finally saw the $4000 top price ram going to PA&JL Webb from Eagle Ridge stud.
The 96-kilogram, 19.8-micron top ram boasted a fleece weight of 16.1, index of 172, yield 60.1 and a comfort factor of 98.6 per cent.
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Returning buyers included TJ Patterson, Streaky Bay, with seven rams to $2500, averaging $1771; Deepwell Station, Streaky Bay, purchasing seven rams to $2300, averaging $1700; and Everglen Ag, Lock, purchasing six rams to $3100, averaging $2233,
Koolaroo, Wirrulla, bought six rams to $1800, averaging $1200, IP&SG Kenny, Streaky Bay, bought six rams to $2000, averaging $1066, and Yawattip, Streaky Bay, purchased four rams to $3200, averaging $1925.
SJ&AV Williams, Streaky Bay, purchased four rams to $2900, averaging $1350, AA Trezona, Streaky Bay, bought four rams to $1000, averaging $850 and PA&JA Redden, Streaky Bay, finished with four rams to $800, averaging $775.
Mrs Holmes commented, with reasonably tough seasonal conditions leading up to the sale, she was happy with the presentation of the rams and overall result of the sale.
The sale was run by Nutrien Ag Livestock.