EAGLE Ridge Dohne stud achieved a total clearance of 32 rams via a helmsman auction at Cowell on Monday, with return buyers bidding strongly throughout the catalogue.
Eagle Ridge stud principal Paul Webb said he was very happy to clear the offering, and post a new sale high.
"People were certainly bidding strongly on the the rams with long, free growing wool, suited to those wanting to do six-month shearing," he said.
Last year 32 rams also sold from about 37 offered to $3100 averaging $1540.
This year's $4200 top ram at lot 24 was a March 2020-drop by a homebred sire bought by return buyer Wayne Hodge, Everglen Ag, Lock.
The 100-kilogram ram had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of 6.1kg for yearling weight and 12.2 per cent for yearling clean fleece weight, and a Dohne index of 145.
It also had a 17.6-micron fleece with 99.2pc comfort factor and 73.8pc yield.
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Mr Hodge also bought the second highest-price ram, lot 22 at $4000, and was the sale's volume buyer with eight averaging $2288.
Lot 22 was also a March 2020-drop by a homebred sire, weighing 100kg, with ASBVs of 6YWT, and 8.4YCFW, and a Dohne index of 147. It also had a 18.2M fleece with 99.2CF and 79pc yield.
Mr Hodge bought Dohnes for their "growth and doability in tough conditions, while still growing a reasonable amount of wool".
"That top Eagle Ridge ram had good staple length and style of wool, plus good growth rates," he said.
"We are about to start six-month shearing so we need to make sure our staple length is up to scratch."
Another buyer to take home a handful was M&B Churchett, Cowell, with four at $800 each, while GO Hack, Wilmington, bought three all at $800.
The Webb family also donate proceeds from lot 1 to Mentally Fit EP - an organisation that aims to promote mental fitness in the local community. The charity lot was bought for $1100 by JS Whillas, Kimba.
The sale was conducted by EP Livestock.
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