Outstanding 'scale' was the most often quoted comment from buyers when asked about the rams they had purchased at the Yarrawonga Merino and Poll Merino ram sale at Harden on account Steve, Liz and Sam Phillips.
The Phillips family very ably assisted by Ben Patrick offered 280 rams and saw 277 sold to top price of $22,000 and average of $3090.
Top price at $22,000 was the first ram offered, a son of Alfoxton 430 who had been bought at the Dubbo ram sales in 2017 for $30,000.
Buyers were Mark and Jody Pendergast, Cottage Park Merinos, Cooma.
Second top price was $20,000 paid for Lot 3, an ET son of Alfoxton 430 and purchased by sheep consultant Damian Meaburn for Roy Freeman, Stonehouse Grazing, Lemont, Tasmania.
Third top price was $12,000 paid by Warren and Jack McRae, Oakbank Merinos, Gre Gre North, Victoria for a Poll Merino son of Y122.
Speaking after the sale, Yarrawonga studmaster Steve Phillips appreciated the continued support from dedicated woolgrowers looking for sires with correct conformation, a great carcass and carrying a heavy fleece.
"It was a very good result, and I am pleased people have faith in the wool industry," he said.
"Of course the lift in wool prices helped but it is gratifying to see through a tough season people will pay for productive sheep."
Selling agents Landmark and Elders conducted the sale with guest auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth taking the bids and assisted by Rick Power, Landmark.