FIRST cross ewes with lambs sold for $446 at the Wycheproof sale in Victoria today as prime lamb producers compete strongly for replacements.
The 114 April/May August shorn ewes from Brenco Farming of Wycheproof had 130 two month-old White Suffolk lambs and sold to T.B. White and Sons client Tony Torpy from Newlyn.
The saleyard record for ewes and lambs of $466 was set in 2016. Elders agent Jim Coffey said it is the first time since 2016 that more than $400 has been paid for ewes with lambs in the Wycheproof yards.
A second line of 234 April/May 2018 drop September shorn first cross ewes with 260 Southdown lambs of a similar age sold for $412 to an O’Connor & Graney client at Mt Gambier.
Sheep Central store stock specialist Murray Arnel said a run of unjoined 1.5 year-old ewes made from $295-$318.
“There was plenty of enquiry, but the best enquiry seemed to be on the smaller pens.
“It looked like money was a problem.”
Mr Arnel said a lot of people want sheep, but were lacking cashflow from harvest.
In the early parts of the sale, young Merino ewes have made up to $275, Mr Arnel said.
A full sale report will be published in Sheep Central on Monday.
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