Demand for top quality first-cross ewes is solid and prices continue to break the $300 barrier when a top price of $316 was achieved during the annual spring sale in Narrandera, proving the reputation of the sale as a source of well-bred young ewes.
The top price was achieved for 220 June/July 2017 drop ewes, sired by Gleneith Super Borders from western-bred Merino ewes purchased during the annual sale at Hay when sold on account the Kember family, Gleneith, Ganmain.
Other sales to break the $300 mark included 212 April/May 2017 drop, and August-shorn sold on account A and C Cumming, Easedale, Narrandera for $306 and 194 May/June 2017 drop, August-shorn sold by breeders North South Grazing, Strontain, Narrandera for $302.
The second run of 213 ewes from the Cumming family sold for $290, while P and M Burden, Mt View, Colinrubbie sold 217 June/July 2017 drop, August-shorn ewes for $285.
Other sales of note included 122 June 2017 drop and August-shorn from Frying Pan Creek, Weeroona, Narrandera sold for $260, and $250 for 150 April/May drop and August-shorn sold on account Greg and Ann Graham, Angelia, Methul.
Mountain Bay Lamb, Narrandera sold 201 August/September drop and August-shorn ewes for $250.
Landmark Narrandera livestock agent Ryan Burden thought the sheep were in “magnificent condition”.
“It was a very good sale, with a lot of local support from return buyers,” he said.
Elders Narrandera livestock manager Dom O’Mahoney complimented the vendors on the condition of their sheep and said there was good demand for first-cross ewes right across the board.
“Our numbers were back due to the dry season but most of the ewes presented where in joinable condition so there was a lot of interest from southern areas,” he said.
Buyers attended from Yarrawonga, Coleambally, Leeton, Marrar, Ganmain, Temora and Wagga Wagga.
Narrandera-based agents Elders and Landmark conducted the auction.