A BIG crowd of strong commercial bidders underpinned another outstanding Poll Merino ram sale for Collandra North at Tumby Bay on Wednesday.
There was spirited competition throughout the catalogue to result in close to a full clearance and a $2427 average.
At the fall of the final hammer, 137 of 143 rams were sold to a high of $12,500, with two more selling immediately afterwards.
The sixteen August 2021-drop rams on offer averaged $3513.
That included the sale-topper, a 103 kilogram son of Greenfields Jonty who sold for $12,500 to regular top end operators AJ&VJ Lawrence, Burtundy Station, Ivanhoe, NSW, through Chris Vordermaier.
The ram boasted fleece figures of 19.3 on micron, a 2.8 standard deviation, 14.5 coefficient of variation and 99.7 per cent comfort factor.
Mr Vordermaier, a former wool broker, said the August 2021-drop Poll Merino was a "great young ram with magnificent wool and a big future".
The ram will go into the Lawrence's breeding program.
"He's got some good sheep and these rams complement them and do a great job up there," Mr Vordermaier said.
"They are early maturers, have really good type and style, breed on well and produce some magnificent wether lambs and the ewes cut a lot of wool."
Also bound for Burtundy were lot 1 at $9000, a 111kg son of Collandra North Turbo, and lot 11 for $4400.
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The sale's volume buyer was WJ,JH&CM Johnson, Ivanhoe, NSW, taking 13 rams to $3200, averaging $2231, with Blackoak Ridge, Smoky Bay, buying 12 rams to $3000, averaging $1950.
KW&BM Mozol, Ceduna, bought eight rams to $3200 twice, averaging $2900.
All buying seven rams were BJ&KK Thomas Family Trust, Ceduna, to $3400 three times, averaging $2886, MW&DJ Crosby, Edillilie, to $3000, averaging $1957, and Advene Pastoral Co, Tullibigeal, NSW, to $3200, averaging $1786.
Both securing five rams were Karinya Farm Trust, Port Neill, to $2800 twice, averaging $2480, and MT&KA Huntly, Mossgiel, NSW, all at $1200.
Each buying four rams were Bletchley Farm Pty Ltd, Crystal Brook, B&A Wheaton, Kingscote, KI, BR&SE Southern, Tumby Bay, DJ Eden, Maitland, and E Borthwick, Tumby Bay.
With more rams offered this year, Collandra North principal Sydney Lawrie was not surprised there average was back slightly ($164), but said he was rapt with the clearance and support from regular buyers, including an interstate client returning after a couple of years disrupted by Covid.
"The season is looking fantastic for our clients and they spent accordingly," Mr Lawrie said.
"We're continuing to breed more rams and more quality.
"Our clients' breeding plans are coming together and they're continuing to invest in our genetics, getting really good wool cuts, size, shape and constitution."
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Elders stud stock's Tony Wetherall said the depth of quality of the Collandra North sale team was exceptional.
"Collandra North breed really good dual-purpose animals with good growth for age, good square bodies and lovely nourished bulky wools that perform in different environments," he said.
"They offered more rams this year and there was very strong commercial bidding right through the lineup."
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