Wycheproof ewes battle to $226 top

A TIDY display of crossbred young ewes provided buying opportunities $25 to $30 a head below recent sale rates at Wycheproof on Friday.

Watched by a modest but far less interested crowd, prices for young ewes battled to a top of $226 a head, as most sales realized $200 to $222.

The crossbred young ewe yarding was the only section hamstrung by the much weaker inquiry as crossbred ewe lambs, ewes with lambs at foot and all merino sheep all made near equal money in a classy penning of 12,000 that included a number of breeders’ lines.

Jim Coffey, Elders, said the market was tough going throughout. He said that an apparent lack of finance appeared to be held back many mixed sheep and grain croppers who appeared unwilling or unable to buy of the eve of the approaching grain harvest”.

Mr Coffey agreed that a solid and positive outcome was needed from the grain harvest to ensure sheep prices could prosper further.

Opening the sale a pen of Border Leicester Merino-cross ewes, June//July 10-drop, were sold off-shears with 116pc of marked Poll Dorset young lambs.

These were fairly priced on the day at $258 for Bartlett Farming while K McKenzie Family Trust sold at $182 a head a yard of 192 BLM-cross rising one year-old ewes scanned in lamb for a December lambing.

The Simpson family, Berriwillock sold a breeder’s line of BLM-cross young ewes, April/May 10-drop, at $218 while Wahroonga Grazing of Corack sold two yards of May/June young BLM ewes – the first sold at $226 with a second near equal in quality making $222.

A line of spring-drop BLM young ewes, , softer in the wool, sold by the breeder, R&M Medlyn, St Arnaud made good money on the day selling at $221.

Several small lines of crossbred ewes with young marked lambs at foot made $267- $280 while a pen of shorn 11-drop BLM ewe lambs sold by Ron and Nola Jaeger of Piangil also sold well making $181.

The selling of the Merino pens began solidly with a pen of 322 Willandra-blood five year-olds with 457 Poll Dorset young lambs at foot cleared at $270.

Presented by the Forrester family of Towaninnie, these went to long distance travellers Michael Capes, Wyndham & Co, Bairnsdale and Phillip Richardson of Meerlieu.

RH & CM Supple and Sons Paradise near St Arnaud sold a breeder’s line of 281 Merino young ewes, Glendamar blood, September shorn at $212 while G&H Ingram sold at $192 a line of July shorn F2 SAMM ewes.

Other Merino young ewes made $160-$180 while mid-aged Merino ewes made $156-$169.

Mature aged 5yo ewes made $100- $142 with the topped priced lot, The Yanco blood, September shorn sold by AE & MS Perry “Pinegrove” Wycheproof.

Three yards of 10-drop wethers sold towards the conclusion of the market highlighted the recent groundswell of interest in quality lines of wool-cutters backed and underpinned by solid processor demand.

G McGurk Charlton sold a Glen Emu-blood line of one year-olds for $117 while D&S Twigg sold East Loddon-blood wethers August shorn for $97.

Gulthall Glenloth sold a line of 507 September shorn wether lambs, May/June 11-drop at $108 while other lines of spring shorn wether lambs made $70- $100.

The sale was conducted by Elders Wycheproof and branches.

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