FIRST-cross ewes sold to a top of $500 a head during the Temora/West Wyalong District First-Cross Ewe Sale last Friday.
The top was reached three times for scanned empty Border Leicester/Merino ewes during the sale at West Wyalong which was interfaced by AuctionsPlus.
Quade Moncrief Livestock and Property agent Paul Quade, West Wyalong, said the big talking point of the sale was the evenness, quality and presentation of the young first-cross ewes, and buyers paid accordingly.
"Most of the purchasers were repeat buyers who knew the quality first-cross ewes on offer," he said.
"Undoubtedly, current seasonal conditions combined with strong demand for prime, young breeding stock were the driving force behind this year's increased price average of $464.50, up $160 on last year's sale."
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Eric Maguire, Mirrool, won last year's Fabstock highest priced pen award at $375, but it was eclipsed this year selling his run of 180 May/June 2020 drop, August-shorn, Cadell sired ewes to buyers on Auctionsplus for a massive $500 a head.
This set the the bar for the the Cox family's lead draft of Mt Beckom sired, June-drop, July-shorn ewes which also made $500 via Wagga Regional Livestock.
O'Dwyer Farming, Ariah Park, made the $500 trifecta for their second line of Bauer Border Leicester bred ewes (March/April 2020-drop, August-shorn) to Danny Tulloch, West Wyalong, through volume buyer on the day Mark Flagg Livestock.
ME and TA Connolly best presented pen award was judged by Ben and Maya Prentice, Kurralea studs, Ariah Park, and was awarded to O'Dwyer Farming, Ariah Park, for their first draft of magnificently presented, well grown young ewes (March/April 2020-drop, August-shorn). These future breeders went to local repeat buyers Joe and Julie Kelleher, West Wyalong, for $490.
Other notable sales were that of Aitken and Meehan Partnership, Beckom, who had the bragging rights to the heaviest pen of young ewes coming in at just on 79kg. They were snapped up by McCaig Pastoral through Rodwells of Wagga for $480.
RN and RJ Harper, Ariah Park, also had well grown for age ewes by stud Cadell Border Leicester rams and Poll Boonoke stud Merino ewes on offer, achieving $490 from Barellan buyers.
AJ and IJ Maguire's Bauer bred ewes sold for a solid $470, while Peter and Pat Wood, Yalgogrin, received $440 for their Cadell Border/Austral Eden Merino ewes.
The Prentice family's Kurralea Poll Dorset and Suffolk studs sponsored a random purchaser's pen prize for the sale. The prize was a $1000 credit for the ram of your choice at the upcoming Kurralea Poll Dorset and Suffolk stud sale. It was awarded to Anthony Doel, Tallimba, who bought John and Leanne Staniforth's, Norwood Park, Tallimba line of Cadell sired young ewes (June/July 2020-drop, April-shorn) for $450.
Successful buyers attended from Narrandera, Leeton, Barellan, Tallimba, Cootamundra, Kamarah, Wagga Wagga, Forbes and Young districts while local producers also secured quite a few lots.
The sale was interfaced with AuctionsPlus and was conducted by Elders, Nutrien Ag and Quade Moncrieff Livestock and Property.
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