Home-bred first cross ewes sell to $502 at Corowa

Murray Arnel, October 22, 2021

Bill Nixon, Savernake, NSW, with his Nixon Partners line of ewe lambs sold at $380 at Corowa.

SHEEP breeders with repeat buyer interest on their home-bred, mulesed and Gudair-vaccinated lines fared best at Corowa’s annual first cross ewe sale yesterday, as prices soared to $502.

The market toppers were the lead pen of 904 from an annual draft of 1400 young ewes bred and prepared by father and son team of Bill and David Bott at Emu Park, Coreen, New South Wales.

The Bott ewes were sold in unrestricted runs with bidding interfaced with the online AuctionsPlus platform.

Branded with the historic and original number “6” NSW station brand, the first cut of 550 Bott ewes were taken by return buyer Nutrien SGL Leongatha and the remaining 354 were re-offered and bid to $480 by Nutrien BRC Swan Hill.

Bidding by both buyers was conducted from off-site by telephone, with the BRC order completing its buying needs with the purchase of 126 head at $426 selected from a pen of 332 bred and prepared by R.N. & R.J. Harper, Ariah Park, NSW.

The remainder of the Harper line was then sold for $420 to Elders Bendigo bidding on AuctionsPlus.

A further line of 430 young ewes from the Bott family line-bred from Alma blood ewes by Talagi Border Leicester rams, made $400 and went to J.M. Ellis & Co at Hamilton in Victoria, another repeat buyer of several years.

Watch the opening pens of the sale:

Other lots to also achieve bids beyond the $400/head mark included: Rebbur P/L, Balldale, 274 sold at $434; C Harper, Ariah Park, 200 at $430 and 149 at $415; J.P. Smith, Urana, 181 at $422; G.J. & A.L. Graham, 200 at $418 and; L. Clifton & Sons, 214 at $400.

Specialist first cross ewe breeder, Greg Doyle, Walbundrie, NSW, with his Inglemar line of young ewes that made $476 at Corowa yesterday.

Another vendor offering a line with superior genetics was Greg Doyle, Inglemar Walbundrie, NSW. The younger August-September 2020 drop line of 200, by Gleneith Border Leicester rams, made $472 to return buyer, Rodwells Benalla.

Most of the sheep were offered with good weights ranging from 65 to 79kg, while lots with lighter weights generally made $330 to $380.

Many of the aforementioned sheep were also Spring shorn and aged 15-18 months-old (Autumn 2020 drop), while another well-bred Spring shorn and drop line offered by J.W. Boyd, Brocklesby, made $440 to a return buyer from north of Bendigo.

In a post-sale interview with Sheep Central, Richard Wynne, Nutrien Paull & Scollard said his initial thoughts were that, with the exception of selected lots that had repeat buyer support, most vendors may have viewed the results as being $30-$40 a head below expectations.

“As agents we weren’t expecting the same of results as those earlier sales in the Riverina when prices were pitched mostly in the $450 to $500 bracket,” Mr Wynne said.

“Most of our buyers have yet to sell to their suckers or their cull ewes so they are operating more in the dark compared to those who have” he said.

Watch Sheep Central’s full post sale interview with Richard Wynne:

AWN auctioneer, Ryan Hussey said the market was “pretty well balanced.”

“With most of this season’s lambs generally making $180- $240 and cull ewes $160-$200 the old rule of the thumb suggests today’s market was realistic and the sums do add up,” he said.

A greater number of this season’s drop of young ewe lambs were penned and met with solid interest especially for the more mature and better grown lots.

Nixon Partners’ Bill and Adrian Nixon of Savernake, NSW, were well rewarded with a sale price of $380 for an April/May drop, September-shorn line of 111 weighing 51kgs..

A line of 231 March/April drop ewe lambs from Woodpark blood ewes by Retallack BL rams weighing 43.7kgs from Mulwala vendor R.G. & L.A. Thomas & Sons, sold for $362.

A line of 188 ewe lambs (43.6kg) by Elarada rams from J.W. Boyd, Brocklesby, sold for $340, and T.A. Lierschke, Walbundrie, sold 216 (47.3kg) ewe lambs, also by Elarada rams, for $323.

Other pens of ewe lambs offering weights between 40-45kgs made $260 to $300, and lighter lines made from $240.

The sale was conducted by the Corowa Stock Agents Association and was monitored under NSW COVID-19 rules.


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