SEARCHING out superfine and fine wool many return buyers and two stud buyers found their way to the 32nd annual ram sale for the Cooks Gap based Bocoble Merino stud.
Eclipsing their last years sale average by $473 to a stud high of $1692 at the final hammer fall, fifty-two rams sold of 60 offered giving the sale an 87 percent clearance.
Topping the sale at $7000 was 29-month-old poll son of NQ11, Bocoble 14 who carries a 17.1 micron fleece, a coefficient of variation (CV) of 17 per cent, comfort factor (CF) of 100 per cent and a spinning fineness of 16.1.
He was purchased by Avington Merino stud based in central Victoria. Bidding on their behalf was Brett Cooper, AWN Livestock.
Auctioneer John Croake is their wool classer and was very impressed with the ram.
"They are after very stylish superfine poll rams and he is as good as any poll ram we have seen anywhere this year," Mr Croake said.
"He will be used extensively in our AI program to improve cut and size in their sheep."
The top priced horn ram was sired by BR4.1, the 29 month-old carried a 18.1 micron fleece, with a 12.7 CV and CF of 99.9 percent.
He was purchased by the Heuston family, Wellington who also took home two other rams for a draft average of $2433.
Volume buyer was Glendos Pastoral Company, Lue, they took home a draft of seven for an average of $1386.
Geoffrey Mills from Glendos felt the rams presented very well.
"We have been buying rams from the stud for many years," Mr Mills said.
"They had the micron we were looking for,
"We would like to keep up on the genetics we have been building for many years, decades even.
"We are very happy with the way they have developed over the years and now hope for a rise in wool prices."
Malcolm Cox, stud principal couldn't stop smiling, he thought the sale was very good.
"This is the studs highest average and almost a top price," Mr Cox said.
" I think that people are starting to realise what quality rams are worth,
"The top priced ram's sire and grand sire were both Grand champion superfine poll rams at the Sydney show and his dam was the best poll ewe we have on the place.
"There were a lot of return buyers and a couple of studs who were new buyers, we have three rams sold to studs this year."
The sale was conducted by the Australian Wool Network with John Croake, Tamworth controlling the bids.