There was incredible demand for heavy cutting Merino rams at the 40th annual Monaro White Wool ram sale held at the Cooma Showgrounds when Michael Green, Boudjah, Cooma and Steve Tozer, Main Range, Cooma combined to make their annual offering.
The sale was opened by retired stock and station identity John Mooney, who Mr Green credits with being instrumental in initiating the sale.
Mr Green also wished to pay tribute to Mr Mooney for the support he received as a school boy in getting started in agriculture.
Michael Green penned 74 Merino and Poll Merino rams and extremely pleased with the response selling 62 for $2493 average.
He had offered the rams in sire groups so buyers had easy access to the Boudjah genetics.
Lindsay Picker and his son Aaron purchased the top priced ram at $7000, a 99 kilogram son of a Yarrawonga sire who was in turn sired by One Oak 10.
Mr Picker, who bought rams last year thought his choice was very well balanced, with a long stapled and free-growing fleece.
"The wool has great handle and tremendous length," he said.
"I'm looking for body weight and frame but still with a good fleece as we are selling our wethers which are demand for processing."
The fleece of Mr Picker's top selection measured 18.6 micron, 2.7 standard deviation SD) and 99.8 percent comfort factor (CF).
Mr Picker purchased four rams for an average of $5187.
Other significant purchasers included Coonerang Estate, Rock Flat who bought nine rams to $4750 and average of $3555`55 and W.F and M.L Shanley, Cooma who added three sires for average of $2750.
After the sale, Michael Green was absolutely delighted.
"It was a tremendous result," he said.
The auction was settled by Landmark, Cooma with Rick Power adjudicating as auctioneer.
Steve Tozer offered 26 Merino and Poll Merino rams and was appreciative of the support selling 22 for average price $1827 with a top price of $4200.
The top priced ram, a son of a Cottage Park ram was bought by Eddie Sellers, Delegate.
Mr Sellers, who was assisted in the selection by his daughter Lucy considered the ram had a good style of wool, with great staple length on a balanced body.
"He is a nice style of ram, with free growing wool on a good frame and stands well," he said.
"He has more of a Merryville type of wool, bright, soft and free which handles our environment."
Fraser Brothers, Cooma bought a ram at $3800.
Mr Tozer was very pleased his clients could satisfy their requirements.
"Prices were good considering the season and our sheep presented very well," he said.
The sale was settled by Elders, Cooma with Monaro Livestock and Property and Will Dixon took the bids.