Rams that combined high bodyweight while retaining quality wool traits were in demand at the Darriwell Merino and Poll Merino sale in Trundle on Friday.
The $20,000 top-priced ram was among those, weighing 124 kilograms, having just broken its teeth, while measuring 18.9-micron wool with a 3.2-micron standard deviation, 16.9 per cent coefficient of variation and 99.6pc comfort factor.
It sold to Peter and Odette Morley from Boomey Park in Molong, who run 5000 breeding ewes and their followers, averaging 18.5 micron, plus a 900 Simmental cow herd.
Boomey Park manager Guy Shannon said they were targeting a free growing heavy cutting type, with good length and a freeness that will also breed through into their ewes.
He said with that, they wanted bodyweight and fat cover so they could get their wethers off as soon as possible.
"This is our fourth year buying Darriwell rams and we just feel our flock is getting better and better," said Guy.
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He said they had a select group of rising three-year-old ewes from which they would put together a line for the new ram with the help of classer, Michael Elmes, and then focus as getting as many lambs on the ground as they could from that ram.
Boomey Park had only recently got $290 a head for wether lambs through the Carcoar saleyards, and Mr Shannon said when you are getting close to $300/head on your your wether lambs and then compare that to your average price across a draft of rams and it's easy to see the benefit.
Their line of 12 rams averaged $6066.
All up, 97 of the 100 offered were sold at auction to average $3134.
Trundle's Russell Jones, the vendor from Darriwell Merinos, said he had been aiming for a dual purpose type of sheep and was stoked with the results.
"These are the biggest boys we have brought up and I'm proud of them," he said.
The sale was handled by the Australian Wool Network, with Jason Harden and Luke Chudleigh, from McCarron Cullinane sharing the auctioneering.
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