AT THEIR 15th annual Hillview Dohne sale at Streaky Bay, Heather and Robert Holmes sold 61 of 65 rams to a top of $5100, averaging $1836 - a lift of $249 from the previous year.
A gallery of mostly repeat buyers competed for the paddock-reared rams, helping push the top price up $1100 on 2020.
Dion Pittaway and Jane Holmes secured the $5100 ram, which weighed 105.5 kilograms with a Dohne index of 161.1. It had 18.5-micron wool, with a 99 per cent comfort factor.
Several buyers made purchases for the first time. Nick Parsons, Kimba, took four rams to $1200, averaging $1000; RS&SP Dickson, Cungena, bought two rams to $1200, $1050; and BR Thompson, Wirrulla, was successful on two rams to $2000, averaging $1400.
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The volume buying stakes were dominated by repeat clients Deep Well Station, Streaky Bay, which bought 11 rams to $1600, averaging $1018; and AA Trezona & Son, Streaky Bay, which took 10 to $3000, averaging $1770.
Everglen Ag, Lock, operated at the sale's top end, paying to $4500 for five rams, averaging $3320.
Also lifting their sights to secure their chosen sires were Keltanaby, Wirrulla, with two rams to $4800, averaging $4600; and PL&JM Wheaton, Streaky Bay, who took two rams to $4500, averaging $3250,
TJ Patterson Pty Ltd paid to $2000 and averaged $1550 across its four rams, while BM&GM Williams took four rams to $2000, averaging $1100.
IP&SG Kenny, Streaky Bay, bought three rams to $1500, averaging $1233, and Lee Family Trust, Streaky Bay bought the same number to $3600 averaging $3066.
Mrs Holmes said the rams sold well, and they were pleased with the support from their clients.
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