Cooma Merino ewes top at $326

Merino ewes make $326, Merino wether lambs to $155.50 at Nutrien Cooma Feature Store Sale

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The top-price of $326 was made for 155 NSM Merino ewes, 2018-drop, November-shorn offered by Ross Sherlock of Manderlay, Cooma. Photo: AuctionsPlus

The top-price of $326 was made for 155 NSM Merino ewes, 2018-drop, November-shorn offered by Ross Sherlock of Manderlay, Cooma. Photo: AuctionsPlus

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Monaro interest pushes up Merino ewe prices.

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Merino ewes sold for a top of $326 at the Nutrien Cooma Feature Store Sale which was held via AuctionsPlus on Friday.

There were 4673 head of sheep offered in total and 22 of 29 lots sold.

Cooma Nutrien agent Damien Roach said the Merino sheep sold very strong, with repeat, local buyers competing for restockers.

"The store cross-bred lambs sold to prices similar to what we've seen across the state," Mr Roach said.

"The first-cross ewe lambs were probably a bit tough today. But, those vendors aren't being forced to sell them, they're happy to sit and wait because of the amount of feed and the stock numbers they've currently got."

The top-price of $326 was achieved by Ross Sherlock of Manderlay, Cooma for his run of 155 NSM Merino ewes, 2018-drop, November-shorn.

The same vendor sold a second pen of 147 ewes, of the same age category, for $321.

LB and MA Clifford, Bindaree, Rocky Plains sold September/October 2019-drop Merino ewes, December-shorn for $313.

Merino ewe lambs sold for a top price of $183 for a pen of 75 June/July 2020-drop from Coolamatong Partnership, Berridale.

There was not as much interest in the first cross ewe lambs, with most passed in, however start prices were listed from $234 and higher.

The Merino wether lambs sold very well, a run of 300 June/July 2020-drop, 31kg, unshorn from Coolamatong Partnership, Berridale selling for $155.50, making 506.5 cents a kilogram live-weight.

Two other pens of unshorn Merino wether lambs sold for $145 and $116, while a run of 120 Woolgrower wethers, October 2019-drop, October-shorn, sold for $161.

Mixed-sex store lambs sold from $125 to $171.50, paid for 100 second-cross, August-October 2020-drop, 46kg, from Georgia Walters, Merani Park, Dalgety.

Mr Roach said several lots of store cross lambs went to the Riverina and some parts of the yarding saw Victorian interest, however local competition dominated buying in the Merino ewe section.

"People are trying to get their breeding numbers right back up there, given the good season we've had and the good prices we're seeing," Mr Roach said.

"We've had good growth since November, it's dried off a fair bit now which is expected as we're in the middle of summer, but there's a few rain events coming."

It was the first time this sale has been held but agents are tipping it to be an annual event going forward.

"It will help get Monaro breeding sheep back on the map and having AuctionsPlus definitely made it an option," Mr Roach said.

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