Crossbred young ewes to $261 at Corowa

CROSSBRED 1.5 year-old young ewes made to $261 a head at Corowa, NSW on Thursday.

In fact, eight of the first dozen pens sold in the market of 22,000 saw prices soar beyond the $220 a head mark before some vendors choose to retain secondary lines of stock for joining and further improvement.

The market toppers were offered by specialist first-cross breeder Greg Doyle, “Carramar” Walbundrie. They were an October shorn line of 220, August/September 10-drop bred from Keri Keri and Boorambil ewes by Gleneith Super Border rams.

They were Gudair vaccinates and scanned empty.

The next best priced was a mulesed line of 238, also Gudair vaccinated, by the breeder Rebbur P/L “Wahroonga” Balldale. These were sold at $258 while the Dye family “Kentucky” Corowa sold a July/August drop line of 350 for $256 and $255.

The market contained a good number of breeder’s lines that were vaccinated in defence of Ovine Johnes Disease, mulesed and recently shorn.

Buyers travelled from northeast Victoria- Benalla, Wangaratta, Rutherglen as well as Gippsland and western districts. Local support was confined mainly to the local Corowa/Albury districts with regions to the north conspicuously absent.

Secondary lines of young ewe maidens made $180- $210 however it was almost to purchase lines priced below $170.

Most buyers were keen to purchase small lots with many of the larger consignment containing 200 head or more requiring two falls of the hammers in order to gain a clearance.

Selling was conducted offering unrestricted runs.

Sales of autumn drop ewe lambs were made to a top of $204 a head.

The top priced lot was sold by Nebour P/L “Cluster Hills” Balldale while N & D Schilg “Sunshine” Brocklesby sold ewe lambs on a bid of $200.

D & K Schilg “Arundel” Brocklesby sold ewes at $190 while JW Boyd “Uyanyah” Brocklesby collected $186 most of these being April/May/June-drop.

Secondary pens of ewe lambs made $124- $166.

A selection of White Suffolk and Composite ewes made $184- $200 as 10-drop sales. A line of White Suffolk-cross ewe lambs made $120 while a pen of Dohne-cross made to $194 as rising 1.5 year-olds.

Dorper-cross ewe lambs met selective inquiry between $102 and $126 while a broad array of fattening type wether lambs made $63- $106.50.

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