In keeping with the current raft of excellent prices paid for rams across all breeds, the 18th annual ram sale conducted by the Rowley family, Springwaters Poll Dorset stud, Boorowa, sold to consistent bidding through the entire catalogue.
Dane and Lisa Rowley, with his parents Dennis and Jo-Anne penned 209 rams and realised a top price of $21,000, while 209/209 rams sold for average price of $4025.
Dane Rowley said this offering was the largest number of rams his family had ever penned for sale.
"The draft of rams in this catalogue represents the type of sheep we try to breed and the type of sheep we feel are commercially relevant to today's prime lamb industry," he noted. "They display great carcase attributes and really good early growth with consistency through the sale."
The top priced ram at $21,000 was purchased by Adam and Luke Moloney, Luana Poll Dorset's, Taralga.
Born a single, the 14 month son of Guinness had the Stockscan measurements of 6mm Fat Depth, 38.89m eye muscle area (EMA) and 1640 Index, while his Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVS) indicated 0.36 birthweight (BWT), 9.94 weaning weight (WWT), 14.92 post weaning weight (PWWT), -0.72 Pfat, 0.63 PEMD, 131.36 TCP and 125.01 eating quality (EQ).
Adam Moloney said their new sire has all the attributes they were looking for to take their own stud to a higher level.
"He is very sound in every aspect," he said. "He is a moderate ram, the second heaviest in the sale but his meat production is obviously there."
The Moloney brothers have been sourcing Springwater genetics for more than ten years and they noted extra length of body in their flock along with body depth.
The second top price at $20,000 was purchased by Kyle and Lisa Sturgess, Redline stud, West Wyalong, when they bought a son of Pocock.
Mr Sturgess said his new sire has a monstrous scan and muscle with an eye muscle which measured 42.22mm.
"He had the highest index in the catalogue," he said. "He is very well grown for a young sheep and it is very hard to find a sheep with great muscle over the loin and hindquarter who doesn't have a rough shoulder."
After the sale, Dane Rowley was humbled by the response from so many prime lamb producers.
"Of the 55 successful purchasers, 49 were returned customers," he said.
"The three top-priced rams all went back to studs we have been working with for several years and the increased price across the stud and flock rams we feel is a reflection of the success our customers are having with the genetics.
"It's the best feedback is seeing them come back each year on sale day."
Mr Rowley pointed out the April-drop ram lambs were a new addition to the catalogue, but on the back of increased demand and popularity of ram lambs through paddock sales and increased popularity in the industry, they were included as an additional option for buyers.
"We're really happy with how the ram lambs sold, you could pick up one for 1500 and we had several buyers with a draft was purely ram lambs and others that are new to buying them that young secured a few to take home and trial," he said
"We will definitely include them in the sale next year."
Mr Rowley noted the (stud sire) Guinness progeny were represented for the first time in large numbers - he sired both the top-priced flock ram (Australian record) $5,500 and stud ram and his stud sires averaged $15,000.
"Other bloodlines of note were the home breed sire Pocock, has once again got a wonderful draft of rams, with 50 sons and 53 paternal grandsons offered," he said.
The sale was settled by Elders and Delta, Young, supported by AuctionsPlus with Aaron Seaman and Cameron Rosser taking the bids.