Weealla Merinos and former Raby manager Ashley Bell have joined forces to buy the Raby Merino stud flock.
Store sheep values continued to hold firm in the first Forbes sale of 2018 when 20,000 mainly first-cross ewes hit the market to strong buying competition on January 4.
Lamb producers can expect strong prices to remain due to low supply, partly due to an expected increase in numbers of lambs being retained.
Growing super fine wool with a short crimp is a passionate affair for Dan and Sarah Calvert, 'Kalgara' on the Gara River, east of Armidale.
She was tramping down wool in a bale when her hair, which was tied back in a bun, became caught around the spinning shaft of the overhead shearing gear.
It's hot, dry, Christmas and holiday mode, but sheep producers were buying up big at Narromine on Wednesday.