THERE&nbsp;were improvements across the board in the Millbrae Poll Merino stud’s third annual sale at Kimba last week, including increases&nbsp;in clearance rate, average price and top price from the 2015 sale. The 32 rams sold averaged $887 –&nbsp;a $105 rise on last year –&nbsp;while the top price rose almost $2000 to $3400. The sale topper was bought by Oak Farms Pastoral, Port Kenny, which was also the sale’s volume buyers, taking 12 rams at an average of $1158. The top ram had fleece figures of 16.6 micron, 2.6 standard deviation, 16&nbsp;coefficient of variation and 100 per cent comfort factor. Millbrae stud principal Clint Rayner said the ram was long bodied, with a deep barrel and had long stapled, soft, nourished wool. He was happy with the sale result and the mix of repeat and new buyers. “Being our&nbsp;third annual sale, we’re pleased that we’re slowly starting to build a clientele,” he said. Other bulk buyers included PT&amp;CI Haskett, Kimba, who bought six rams averaging $583, while Leon Kloock, Coorabie, took four to $800, averaging $750. On display at the sale were a sample of 2016-drop lambs, which were sired by Minta 251, and two recent ram purchases –&nbsp;Brimanna 150, which Mr Rayner bought for $7000 in July, and Minta 251 which he bought for $16,500 in August. The Brimanna ram weighed 111.5 kilograms with an eye muscle depth of 42 millimetres and 6.7mm fat depth, while the&nbsp;Minta&nbsp;ram was a Collinsville Emperor 339 son, weighing&nbsp;127kg, with a 6.1mm fat depth and 44.1EMD. “These rams are to install confidence in buyers that they can find a square, structurally-sound sheep with a good quality and volume of wool,”&nbsp;Mr Rayner said. Landmark conducted the sale, with Phil Arcus taking the bids.