WET conditions fuelled bidding enthusiasm at the Elders Wycheproof special spring store sheep sale on Friday.
And a large crowd at the sale welcomed a day off-farm to celebrate the end of the winter COVID lockdown.
Faced with a yarding that lacked bloom due to the cool start to spring, bidders from a broad area of western Victoria and parts of the Riverina held no fears valuing all pens on the merit in a sale that also offered some opportunities and chances.
Elders agent Sam Crow said the sheep endured a rough night in the yards with near 100 kilometre per hour winds and heavy rain lashing the district. The sheep looked better as the day warmed up and dried out, he said.
This was seen as an opportunity by buyers, with some excellent results achieved in the crossbred and Merino sections of the sale, Mr Crow said.
Watch Sheep Central’s post-sale interview with Sam Crow:
White Suffolk cross ewes with lambs sell to $395
The sale of 13,500 head opened with 261 June-July 2020 drop White Suffolk-Merino cross ewes with 267 marked young lambs that drew spirited enquiry and sold for $395. The September shorn line was sold by Trealla Farming, Wycheproof.
The first line of maiden unjoined first cross ewes made $455. The 233 June-July 2020 drop ewes were bred by the Simpson family’s, Jemanes Pty Ltd, of Berriwillock, and bought by Elders Hay for Hells Gate at Balranald. The same buyer also bid the market top of $472 a head for 255 August-September 2020 first cross ewes from Donald breeder, Damon Coats, Ilfracombe.
The Brennan family, Brenco Farming, Corack, sold two lines of 140 first cross ewes for $400 to Elders Swan Hill. Smaller drafts of unjoined ewe maidens made $365 to $422.
Watch Sheep Central’s live vision of the opening sales:
Sales of 2021 drop first cross ewe lambs seemed reasonably priced at $216-$270 according to their appearance and preparation.
A mulesed and Gudair vaccinated line of May-June drop lambs were the best priced for P.J. & M.S. McRae, Gre Gre North.
J.A. Cattanach and Sons from Carrathool, NSW, offered 800 September shorn May drop ewe lambs. These were offered over four pens, with the tops of the Lyrebarry bred Cattanach ewe lambs making $260, a second line of 220 sold for $255 and the 346 made $228.
Merino ewes sell to $456
The highlight of the October market was the sale of 200 superb Tamaleuca blood and bred Poll Merino ewes, September shorn May 2020 drop, from Kevin Crook, Tamaleuca Merinos, Ouyen, for $456.
The next best price of $340 was paid for 232 May-June 2020 drop and August shorn Tamaleuca blood ewes bred and sold by David Ettershank and son Simon, Cobramungra, near Barham. Charlton breeder G.J. & L.J. McGurk sold 275 May-June 2020 drop Olinda-blood ewes for $312. Other Merino young ewe lots made $218-$302,
A large line of 1400 Water Valley bred young ewes went unsold when bidding stalled at $245.
A breeder’s line of unshorn 2021 drop Ridgway Advance blood Merino ewe lambs from J.J. Hallam, Hopetoun, made $270, while pens of 2019 drop ewes sold for $220-$250.
A line 2016 drop Tamaleuca blood ewes from the Ettershanks made $252.
Two sales of one year-old July shorn and One Oak blood Merino wethers were made at $140 and $156 for D. & F.J. Williams.
Annual drafts of 2021 drop Merino wethers topped at $172 for a June drop Ridgway Advance blood line from J.J. Hallam. A 1057-head consignment of September shorn Tamaleuca blood wethers from Gulthul Station, Euston, NSW, sold to $162 for the heaviest 223 and $151 for two gate drafts of 417.
Two unshorn pens of May-June drop Tamaleuca blood Ettershank wether lambs, made $150 and $138, and P.E. Glenn, Cunninyeuk, NSW, sold 394 Avenel blood wethers for $136.