- Total clearance of 199 rams to $5500, av $1903
20 of 20 Poll Dorsets stud rams to $5500, av $2940
146 of 146 Poll Dorset flock rams to $2800, av $1785
33 of 33 White Suffolk flock rams to $2600, av $1797
A western Victorian Poll Dorset and White Suffolk stud has recorded its highest average price in 15 years of sales.
Janmac, Goroke, cleared all its rams, selling the top priced animal to Tallegeira Pastoral Company, Frances, SA.
David Hanel, Rodwells, Edenhope, said of the 55 registered buyers, 38 purchased rams.
"We sold 8 rams into Poll Dorset breeding operations and six sold for more than $4000," Mr Hanel said.
The average was also up by more than $500, on last year's figure of $1367.
Charles Koch, Tallageira, just over the South Australian-Victorian border, paid $5500 for the top priced ram, lot 2, a Poll Dorset.
The ram weighed 126 kilograms, had a 48millimetre eye muscle depth and 10mm fat depth.
The ram was sired by Kurralea 234/16, purchased jointly with Ulandi Park Poll Dorsets, Marrabel, South Australia, two years ago for $15,000.
"He sired the first five lots of the sale," Mr Hausler said.
"Lot 2 was very correct, well muscled, with good wide loins and a good hindquarter," Mr Hausler said.
Mr Hausler said it had been a "remarkable day" for Janmac.
'We knew the quality of the rams was very deep, we had strong inquiries and the demand was there, right until the end," he said.
"It was a combination of a good season in our area, good lamb prices last spring and quality rams.
"The whole package came together, on the day, to give us a good result."
Mr Hausler said repeat buyers were Janmac's bread and butter, with one taking 16 rams.
Rams went back into the local area, through Edenhope, and just over the SA border.
"This is our 40th year of breeding Poll Dorsets.
"We have clients that bought our first rams 40 years ago, and they are still buying them today."
"The bulk of our client base are lamb producers, so the rams were going to good homes."
"It was the largest gallery seen at the sale, made up of repeat and prospective clients," Mr Hanel said.
"I put it down to their investment in stud sires, which is flowing through to the quality of their rams."
He agreed with Mr Hausler the strength of the sale was reflective of the past two seasons and lamb prices.
Mr Hanel said volume buyers were made up of repeat clients.
Among the volume buyers were AG and LE Brooks, Goroke, who bought 16 Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams, WD, RG and NW Robinson, Edenhope, 14 Poll Dorset rams, RA and MJ Jones, Frances, SA, 13 Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams and PR, ME and KP Donaldson, 12 Poll Dorset rams.