The 40th annual Collandra Merino ram sale held at Tumby Bay on Tuesday September 10 saw a clearance of 47 of the 50 rams on offer to a stud-record top of $5,400 and stud-record average of $2,091.49.
The 50 merino rams, predominantly North Ashrose blood, offered by Chris and Steve Lawrie and family through Scott Masters and the EP Livestock team showed great structural soundness and nourished soft handling white wools.
These traits were key to the success of the sale as the local band of commercial clients competed strongly on each lot from the first ram to the last.
The top price ram, lot number 10, was sold to regular clients the Dorward family trading as Clifton Family Trust for $5400.
The Dorward family took a total of five rams all at the top end of the sale.
Second top was paid by the Calderwood family of Pernella Pty Ltd at $3800. Pernella took four rams home, all at the top end of the catalogue, to put together a good team of rams for their Tumby Bay operation.
Volume buyers of the day were the Nuske family of Hillsea Station buying through EP Livestock, who selectively purchased eight class sires for their merino operation.
EP Livestock auctioneer Ben Dickenson said the line-up of true to type merino rams offered clients the opportunity to buy good, structurally correct rams with excellent white wools with some bulk no matter which lot they selected.
"The investment that the Lawrie family has made on sires over the years has obviously been for a certain type of rams - no frills, just good, sound rams with depth, bone, structure and a quality wool type that stand up to a wet winter or a dry summer year in and year out - no wonder the buyers keep coming back," Mr Dickenson said.