*51 of 61 rams sold to $5000 (horned) and $4200 (polled), av $1970
The son of a sire described as "a bit of a gun" has topped this year's annual Kilfeera Park Merino stud sale, at Benalla.
The top priced ram, 190283, was a shed prepared horned ram sired by RP Woody.
Woody was purchased for $12,000 from Roseville Park in 2018, Kilfeera stud principal Murray McKenzie said.
"The result was up $400 on last year's average, so we were very pleased with that," Mr McKenzie said.
"Everyone in the Merino job is in it for the long haul and they need to keep progressing."
He said the top-priced ram, which went to a NSW Riverina buyer, was among the first progeny from RP Woody.
"His progeny have well and truly exceeded everyone else's, so he was definitely a hit," Mr McKenzie said.
"He is breeding really well - he has turned out to be a bit of a gun."
Woody was an embryo transfer lamb, out of one of Roseville Park's top ewes.
"The sire was a very good figured sheep, very big, and with a tremendous staple length and high rainfall type wool on him.
"He also had a very plain body."
The sale-topper exhibited similar traits.
"He was a very rich-woolled sheep, with a long staple wool - a big, uncomplicated ram."
The sale-topping ram had a yearling weight of 3.2 kilograms, a yearling fat of -0.9 millimetres, yearling eye muscle depth of -1.3mm and a yearling worm egg count of 34pc.
An MP+ index of 160, a DP+ index of 146, a fleece of 18.5 microns, standard deviation of 3.2 per cent, co-efficient of variation of 17.4pc and a comfort factor of 99.8 pc rounded out his figures.
Rex Bennett, Elders Wool, said it was a great result from the AuctionsPlus only sale, held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"There were 30 registered bidders, 19 guest viewers and some 476 bids taken," Mr Bennet said.
"The top-priced ram was sold to a client in the southern Riverina, with the polled ram remaining in the north-east."
Mr Bennett said individual inspection times allowed clients to view rams, prior to the auction.
"This was time well spent to gain a greater understanding of what their existing clients and agents were looking for in their ram selection and to discuss breeding objectives.
"As a result, they were rewarded for their efforts."
Rams sold throughout the north-east, into western Victoria and NSW.
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