A decision to go ahead with their annual ram sale despite a tough season has paid off for Wilgunya Merino Stud's Heather and Max Wilson.
The on-property sale near Dirranbandi saw 80 single pens sell to nine buyers for a total clearance, with an average of $1386.
An additional 43 pens sold out the back.
The top price of $2600 was fetched by Wilgunya 1099, a ram with 17.5 micron wool, 16.9 per cent co-efficient variation, 5.3 coarse edge micron and 100pc comfort factor, who was bought by new client Ross Brown, Meandarra.
Ian Dries, Muroota, St George paid the second top price of $2100 three times as part of his draft of 11 averaging $1836.
Volume buyer David Hartog, Kyeema, Walgett, NSW bought 19 rams to a top of $2000, averaging $1250. He also bought an extra four after the sale.
Also buying up was Ross Hindle, Melrose, Nindigully, buying 13 to top a $1800 twice and average $1400.
Rhett Butler, Yeranbah, Dirranbandi bought 11 rams for an $1436 average while Mike Pratt, Bann Bann, Stonehenge bought nine rams for an $1077 average, buying 33 more after the sale to take home 42 in total.
Stud co-principal Max Wilson described the sale as yielding the stud's "best result emotionally" on the back of prolonged tough seasonal conditions, which saw only 50mm of rain fall in the year leading up to the sale.
"We're actually over the moon with the result," he said.
"To get full clearance was fantastic and we were only $100 back on last year's average.
The sale was conducted by Landmark and Elders with Steve Burnett from Dirranbandi Pastoral Agency as auctioneer. The Australian Wool Network operated as an introductory agent.