FOR the third consecutive year Wanganella blood Merino ewes bred by Graham and Kay Tulloch, Hillview, Girral, sold for the top price of the annual West Wyalong Sheep Breeders Sale, this year at $232 a head.
Making another record at $140 each were Austral Eden blood Merino wether lambs from McClintock Farms, West Wyalong, selling to Ungarie district woolgrowers.
Champion pen of ewes of North Ashrose blood bred by Rob Cornell and family, Goodenough, Ungarie, sold at $224 a head.
Tight seasonal conditions held the market back by up to $50 a head on last year’s annual fixture, however scanned in-lamb Merino ewes were well sought after with the 9000 head yarding of Merino sheep selling to Cooma, Goulburn, down the Horsham, Victoria, Dubbo, Bathurst, Cootamundra, Forbes, Lake Cargelligo, Young and Grenfell.
Quade Moncrieff Livestock and Property agent, Paul Quade said it was a really good sale for the conditions.
“The woolly sheep sold well this time round, and the scanned woolly ewes especially sold well,” he said.
“Wether lambs also sold really well as the wool job is bringing them into their own.
“Some of the lighter seep that were empty were a little bit tougher to clear, which is just a seasonal thing and you have to expect that.
“But overall, a good yarding , especially for the conditions.”