The Allala Poll Merino stud offered 10 more rams than usual at their 14th on property ram sale on Friday and it payed off with the average price topping last year by $178.
In the breakdown 88 of 89 rams sold at the Kapinnie property for a $1560 average with the only passed in ram sold shortly after the auction.
Allala Stud principal Cliff Phelps said it was extremely pleasing to top last year's average by so much.
"And we achieved it by offering an extra 10 sheep," he said.
Aaron and Chris Watson bought the top price ram for $4000, equal to last year's top price.
The 14-month old ram weighed 105 kilograms and had fleece measurements of 19.8 micron, 99.1 comfort factor, 3.5 standard deviation, 17.7 coefficient of variation and a huge 42 eye muscle density.
Aaron Watson said they liked the ram because it was a good all-rounder.
"The main thing was it's massive staple length, good crimp and his back end was very correct.”
The Watson's, from Tooligie, also purchased the second top ram for $3400 and another for $2600, to an average of $3333 for the 3 rams.
MA & GE Zerk from Lock were the big buyers of the day taking home twelve rams to a top of $2100, averaging $1508.
Michael Zerk said he had been buying from Allala for three years now and was very happy with the rams he had bought in the past.
"They are good bodied rams with bright stylish wools and they do well in our country," he said.
Other bulk buyers included Lake Hamilton Pastoral from Sheringa were active bidders toward the back half of the sale purchasing nine rams to a top of $1800, averaging $1400.
GA Jolly & Sons, Karkoo, bought bought the first ram in the auction for $2600 and purchased eight rams to a top of $3100, averaging $2400.
Landmark and Elders conducted the sale. Landmark's Gordon Wood said the success of the sale with an extra 10 rams was a testament to Allala’s breeding program.