*34 of 36 rams sold to $2500 (twice), av $1575
This year's Kamarooka Park Poll Merino sale has been haled a success as 36 rams went under the hammer and twice sold to a top of $2500.
In the first open cry auction after previous Helmsmen sales, the vendor, agents and buyers were full of praise for the rams presented and the result.
A total of 36 rams were offered with a clearance rate of 94 per cent for an average of $1575 with another eight rams sold post sale.
Stud principal Erroll Hay said he was overwhelmed with the result.
"When you choose the right people you get a good result," he said.
"It was absolutely brilliant auctioneering."
McKean McGregor auctioneer Alex Collins said he had been keen to put the Kamarooka Park rams "under the hammer".
"It's been a very pleasing result.
"The sale is a great result for the principal and the dollars and time he has invested."
Mr Collins said Kamarooka Park was heading in the right direction producing "commercially relevant" rams that had excellent wool type on good carcases.
Stud classer Sandy Jelbart said the line-up of rams was the result of heavy classing out of ewes two years ago.
"The rams are good conformation, silky soft muzzles and rich, well nourished wool," he said.
Mr Jelbart said the rams were suited to all environments evidenced by rams going to the Mallee and to Ballarat and Winchelsea.
The top price of $2500 was achieved first for lot seven, a Moorundie 363 sired ram, 17.1 micron, that was bought by Kenalan Pastoral Co, Yaraberb. The ram had figures of 3.0 for standard deviation, 17.5 co-efficient of variation and 99.6 comfort factor.
Kenalan also bought lots four and 10 for $2000 each.
Lot nine also topped at $2500 and was bought by Chris Powell, Manangatang. The 19.9 micron ram was also sired by Moorundie 363. The ram carried figures of 3.0 SV, 15.1 CV and 99.9 CF.
The same buyer paid $2000 for lot three, a 19 micron ram by Kamarooka Park Poll Junior.
Rob Cameron, Burrumbeet, selected four rams this year after purchasing at Kamarooka Park for the first time in 2018.
He paid up to $2000 for lot 31, sired by Kamarooka Park Olive, a measuring 18.4 micron with an SD of 3.1 and CF of 99.6.
J Baker, Bamgarie, paid $2000 for a Orrie Cowie-sired ram, 17.7 micron. He bought three rams at an average of $1750.
Tasmania was represented on the buying sheets with the purchase of lot 1 for $2000.
The ram had a micron of 17.8, SV of 3.0, CV of 16.9 and CF of 99.8. It was bought by Blenheim Farms, Longford.
Winchelsea- based WS & SM Hogan, bought two rams, paying up to $2000 for a Glenlea Park-sired ram.
Volume buyer for the sale was Dickinson Shearing, Heathcote, taking 11 rams to a top of $1750.