For his annual on-property ram sale, Ralph Diprose, Rocklyn Merinos, Greenthorpe penned 60 Merino and Poll Merino rams.
The top price realised was $4600, with a clearance of 45 rams to average $1431.
The top priced ram was bought by repeat client Sue Braid, Boorowa who was attracted to the son of Roemahkita 150092 for the nourishment in his wool and the good style of his fleece.
"He is a high cutting ram with nice yearling clean fleece weight, and really appealed for his upstanding outlook," Mrs Braid said.
"He is going to cut a heap of wool, which will keep the water out, important in our normally higher rainfall country."
Born as a single, the rams fleece measured 18.2 micron, with 2.6 S.D and 99.8 percent comfort factor.
Weighing 90 kilograms his Australian Sheep Breeding Values indicated 30 for YCFW, 10.5 YSL, 8.1 YWT, -0.3 YFAT and -.08 for YEMD.
His Dual Purpose Index of 168 and Merino Production Index of 172 put him in the top thirty percent or better for the breed.
Studmaster Ralph Diprose said it was a very pleasing result, considering the tough season and the fact many in the district are feeding their sheep through a very dry period.
"Our rams presented well and there was some spirited bidding," he said.
"Our sheep have good balance, with very good fleece weight, growth rate and carcase figures.
"There were plenty of the rams in the top ten percent ASBVs."
Mr Diprose said his plainer bodied sheep with the ability to cut plenty of wool appeal to the many clients who run Merinos in conjunction with an extensive cropping program.
Elders Young settled the sale with auctioneer Aaron Seaman taking the bids.
- Full report next week