FIRST cross wether lambs sold above expectations at the AWN Edenhope sale yesterday with support from South Australian and Wimmera restockers and a northern processor.
The first pen of 273 May-June drop lambs from WD, RG & NW Robinson estimated at 50kg made $84 with AWN Horsham, followed by 165 from W. Kealy at $80 (48kg) for $80 to Fletcher International Exports.
Most of the 40kg-plus lambs sold from $60-$80 and lighter lambs made down to $42.
Westwood owner Danny West offered 700 lambs and said his top line of 217 lambs (45kg) made $78, followed by $64 for his 219 seconds and $56 for his 230 thirds.
He was expecting his thirds might make down to $35.
“I can put up with that anyhow,” he said of his results.
Mr West was philosophical about the lower first cross ewe and wether prices this year.
“We’ve had some good times.”
He said he said he averaged $339 for 1000 first cross ewes a few years ago, compared to $114 for 800 this year.
Buyers at the sale included two Victorian restocking orders through AWN as well as Spence and Dix at Bordertown, SA, and Fletcher buying 45kg-plus lambs.
AWN Edenhope manager David Hanel said although there was a hesitancy among buyers to take on the small lambs this year, but he was pleased with the sale’s result with just enough buyers to handle the yarding.