THE Eyre Peninsula has had strong results from its ram sales this year with strong livestock market performance driving the demand for rams.
Most ram studs had total clearances of their sale offerings this year along with an increase on average prices compared to last year.
Landmark livestock agent Justin Thompson said the sales on the Eyre Peninsula were boosted by the market confidence.
“The market confidence in livestock, wool, ewes and lamb prices led to a lot of confidence and people bidding on good quality rams,” he said.
One particular standout for the season was the Glenville Merino and Poll Merino stud at Cowell, which had a clearance of 160 rams with records for top price ($23,000) and average price ($3023.75).
Another was the White River Merino sale at Poochera which had a clearance of 185 rams with an increased top price of $15,000 and an increased average of $2391.
On Lower Eyre Peninsula one stud happy with its results was Collandra North at Tumby Bay which had a clearance of 124 rams with increases on its top price ($6200) and average ($2002) compared to last year.
Elders Tumby Bay sales manager Mark Bellinger said the Eyre Peninsula studs had a great showcase of their top quality sheep which was coupled by good prices at the moment.
“Our seasonal conditions proved offerings were of a high standard and sold extremely well,” he said.
“Just about all studs had a higher average (price) than previous years.”
Buyer confidence is expected to continue with lamb and wool prices expected to hold strong in the next six to 12 months.
Mr Bellinger said favourable conditions for livestock and wool prices were likely to continue.
“There’s a lot more confidence in the industry with people building (livestock) numbers and others coming back into livestock because of these favourable conditions,” he said.
Mr Bellinger said many farmers had been running sheep alongside their cropping programs.