SCANNED in-lamb Merino ewes made to $280 and unjoined lines sold to $270 a head at Deniliquin’s January store sheep sale on Friday.
The crowd of mainly southern New South Wales and northern Victorian restockers was offered a yarding of 18,000 ewes in reasonably good condition, with only a small percentage displaying the effects of the severe season.
The market’s top priced line of 564 large-framed June/July 2015 drop five year-olds sold on account of Tupra Station at Oxley, NSW, to Bendigo agency, McKean McGregor. The November shorn ewes were scanned in-lamb to Tupra blood Merino rams and were estimated to weigh more than 75 kilograms liveweight.
Tupra’s retiring manager David Rankin said the ewes had consumed, in confinement, about 60kg each of barley and lentils from self-feeders since November. This had lifted the lot’s conception rate to 95 percent along with adding additional body weight, he said.
The next-best priced line sold at $271, was a line of November shorn Bundy blood 2017 drop 2.5 year-olds from Manywaters, Deniliquin.
Watch the opening sales from the Merino section of the yarding.
These were scanned-in-lamb to White Suffolk and Poll Dorset rams following an early October joining.
A line of 311 Willandra blood yard 2018 drop maiden ewes scanned-in-lamb to White Suffolk rams sold for $270. The scanners had recorded 107 ewes carrying multiple lambs. These were offered by NB Hogan and SJ Scott of Albury, and sold to Riverina Livestock Agents at Wagga Wagga. A second line of Wanganella blood ewes from the same vendor, and of the same joining with 54 multiples, made $260.
Other scanned-in-lamb Merino ewe lots mostly made $200 to $250 while those carded as “depastured or joined” (not scanned) made $168 to $232.
Greater interest in the scanned ewe lines
Elders auctioneer Jason Andrews said there was greater interest in the scanned in-lamb lines.
“Joining success has varied markedly in recent years, due to the harsh conditions.
“Buyers are aware of this fact and it was obvious they were prepared to pay extra for the surety of getting a lamb from their ewe purchase,” he said.
Watch Jason’s full assessment of the sale with Murray Arnel
Auctioneer Jason Andrews and Murray Arnel review selling after the Deniliquin store sheep sale.
Posted by Sheep Central on Saturday, January 18, 2020
Strong interest in limited Merino ewe lambs
There were only three lines of 2019 drop Merino ewe lambs, but buying interest was strong.
A line of 254 December shorn May/June 2019 drop mulesed Mumblebone blood ewe lambs from Pinewood, Deniliquin, made $202. Singorimbah at Carrathool, sold their unshorn, Goolgumbla blood, June/July-drop ewe lambs for $174.
Varied demand for crossbred ewes
In the crossbred section, unjoined 2019 drop ewe lambs met varied demand.
The top price of $276 was paid for Kapunda’s first cross ewe lambs – by Retallack rams out of Boonoke blood ewes. The second draft from Kapunda out of a consignment of ewes made $214, and the thirds $176.
A line of 181 well-grown April-May 2019 drop first cross ewe lambs from Mi-Fortuna, Deniliquin, failed to clear when bidding stalled at $262. The ewes were by Womboota Super Border rams ex Alma blood ewes. The November shorn lambs were later sold privately for $270 and a second line of 56 from the same vendor made $236.
Sale was solid without many surprises
Nutrien Ag auctioneer Marc Brayborn said sales were solid without too many surprises.
“It was okay across that day.
“Some parts of the ewe sections could have been better and the wether and lamb sale were good,” he said.
He said there wasn’t any animation on the promise of the weather that was being tipped.
“I think everyone will wait for it to fall before they get too excited.”
Other pens of crossbred ewe lambs made $182 to $238 while a line of 520 Coonong Station, Urana, Dohne-White Suffolk ewe lambs, June/July 19-drop made $192 and $174 as offered in two drafted yards.
Keen interest for wether lambs
Crossbred wether lambs that were suited for slaughter were snapped up by nearby processor, Ryans of Nathalia.
The northern Victorian processor purchased pens of first cross and White Suffolk cross lambs in the $140-$155 range, while restockers paid $120-$143 for the smaller lines.
Sales of 2019 drop Merino wethers completed the sale, with only the very smallest failing to achieve a three-figure sale sum.
The highest price of $148 was paid for 191 November shorn Tupra blood and bred lambs. A second line of the same breeding made $130.
A line of 980 unshorn Goolgumbla-blood wethers from Singorimbah at Carrathool made $138 and $126. A line of November shorn Terrick West blood wethers from Belmont made $136.
Other pens of 2019 drop wethers — shorn and unshorn — made $92 to $128, and two pens of 2018 drop wethers made $130 and $132.
These were sold by Kindallen, Berrigan (July-shorn) and Lignum Gate, Womboota (September-shorn) respectively.