A good clearance of white Suffolk rams at the Yanta sale on August 28 saw many high LambPlan figured rams provide great value buying.
Many rams had trait values in the top 10 and 20 percentile band for post weaning weight (PWWT) and the carcase plus index (C+).
Regular buyer Ian Proude bought the top price ram for $3000. The 100-kilogram July drop boasted figures of 18.2 for PWWT, 1.6 eye muscle depth (PEMD) and had a C+ of 214.
Grantley Telfer bought a September drop ram for $2400 displaying figures of 18.1 for PWWT, 2.6 PEMD and 222 for C+ to use in their newly registered stud.
Tysan Mickan bought seven rams for a $1200 average, Lettons bought four, averaging $1850 to a top of $2600, and Freemans bought four rams to $2400 averaging $1900.
Other prominent buyers were Coronary Park, five rams to $1900, B&A Flint, eight rams to $1200, and J&S Richardson, eight to $1000.
In the poll merinos, the first offspring of Roemakita 160018 (Chalmers) bought in 2017 were displayed.
They comprised 45 per cent of the offering and stud master Don Baillie said nearly all featured the great confirmation and wool covering of their sire.
A son sold for $3800 to long-time supporter Julian Webb who bought another five including a Collinsville Regal son for $2000 with a yearling clean fleece weight (YCFW) of 27 and a DP+ index of 155.
P. Carey of Minnipa bought four including a Glenlea Park 11739 son of $2400 with a CFW of 22.3 and a DP+ index of 165.
Other buyers were Mark Noonan with three to a top of $1800, averaging $1733; J&R Richardson with three, one being a Kiandra 160064 son with a yearling weight (YWT) of 8.2 kilograms; A&M Carr with two to $2200, including another Glenlea Park son with a CFW of 22.1.
Mr Baillie was pleased to see many of his sale rams performing very impressively in sheep genetics.
Elders auctioneer Tony Weatherall said Yanta's investment in top performing genetics through AI and purchased rams was evident with the rams displaying terrific qualities and high performance figures.
There was strong bidding from new and repeat buyers and Mr Weatherall said the lots that were passed in reflected the seasonal conditions, which had had an impact on buyers in drier areas.