Strong crowd swells prices at Edenhope

ONE of the largest crowds ever to attend annual Edenhope crossbred ewe sales pushed prices to West District highs last Thursday.

Although not exceeding the state’s best price this spring ($271 at Wycheproof) the opening pen of 1.5 year-olds offered at Edenhope smashed its previous best with this rate pipped just two pens later.

The opening pen sold at $267 was offered by regular breeder/supplier R & S McClure while local bragging for the sale’s highest priced pen, sold at $268, went to another long time breeder supplier to Edenhope sales, J & E Staude of Balmoral.

Both vendor’s offered pens May//June 10-drop and October with the Staude line of 199 Gudair vaccinated while the McClure pen of 108 was not.

Whether vaccination-factor made a huge difference to buyer demand on the day was difficult to ascertain as all other sales of non-vaccinated spring-drop one year-old ewes and rising 1.5yo ewes made $228- $258: each selling well according to growth and condition.

In contrast the annual drafts of breeders’ ewe lambs saw a large percentage vaccinated against the sheep wasting disease, Ovine Johnes.

This saw about 2700 of 8000 ewe lambs penned eligible for entry into South Australia: that is they cumulated the four AHS points regulated for entry into that state.

But with less than 400 taken to cross the border a host of southern Victorian operators bid seemingly without to much regard for vaccination.

Yard number-one honours for the best grown ewe lambs went to MG McKenzie, Bringalbert South offering an April/May-drop line of four-point vaccinates, September-shorn.

These made $229 selling to Rodwells Stawell while S & N Deardon sold a similar line of three-point vaccinates, September shorn for $227.

First time seller at Edenhope P & L Skinner Ozenkadnook sold, at $231, the market top priced pen of ewe lambs as three point vaccinates. These went to the Rabone family of Kaniva while the West family’s Westwood ewe lambs as four point non-vaccinates made to $215.

Joint selling agent David Hanel, Rodwells said extremely strong demand raged throughout the selling of the ewe lamb yarding which average about $178.

Early joining types he said realized $202- $231 while the autumn-joining ewe lambs made $180- $200.

Kevin Forster, KL & GM Forster said that quality of this year’s yarding was not to the usual standard of previous Edenhope annual sales.

“Initially, we expected prices might have tracked the lower prices of the prime market because our lambs weren’t up to scratch but the market reacted in reverse”.

“Our vendor’s were really well paid for what they presented”.

Smaller restocker types then saw demand consolidate this strong inquiry with only a handful of pens sold for less than $140 with most realizing $155- $175.

Buyers from West Wimmera districts, the south west Victoria and the southeast of SA attended the sale.

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