MERINO and first cross ewe hoggets continued to top the AuctionsPlus prices last week as sheep and lamb numbers offered online dropped by 12,000 to 82,777 head.
AuctionsPlus market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said Merino ewe hoggets averaged $164 within a range of $92-$267. The top-priced line of Bundilla Merino blood 16-17 month old ewes weighing 53kg lwt sold at Young in New South Wales.
Proven Merino breeders ranging from 3-7 years-old sold from $85-$240 with an average of $140. Highlights included 5-6 year-old scanned in-lamb ewes at Talwood, Queensland that sold for $177. Some 4-5 year-old scanned in-lamb ewes at Forbes, NSW, made $175 and a line of 5 year-old unjoined ewes at Cooma, NSW, sold for $170.
Merino wether lambs sell to $136.50
More 19,000 Merino wethers and wether lambs were offered online last week. Wether lambs averaged $98 within a range of $65-$136.50 for a line of 47kg lwt April-May drop lambs at Prairie in Victoria. A line of 43kg lwt April-May drop lambs from Traynors Lagoon, Victoria, sold for $127. Grown Merino wethers sold from $60-$127.50 and averaged $105.
First cross ewe hoggets to $320
First cross ewe hoggets sold to $320 last week for a line of 19-20 month-old 78kg lwt ewes at Dookie in Victoria. They were scanned in-lamb to Poll Dorset rams.
First cross ewe lambs averaged $189 last week, within a range of $120-$266. Ewe lamb numbers were boosted by the on-farm interface to the Gnadbro Pastoral Co inaugural first cross ewe lamb sale at Collingullie, NSW. The young ewes averaged $232, with a top price of $266 for 59kg lwt 8-9 month-old lambs.
Other highlights this week included 21-22 month old 60kg lwt scanned in-lamb Dohne ewes at Narembeen, Western Australia, that sold for $180. A line of unjoined Lambpro Primeline July-Aug drop future breeder ewe lambs at Holbrook, NSW, sold for $177.
Store lamb highlights
White Suffolk/Merino mixed sex suckers, 31kg lwt, Hay, New South Wales, $134
Composite cross mixed sex store lambs, 38kg, Murray Bridge, South Australia, $131
Poll Dorset cross mixed sex suckers, 40kg, Marulan, New South Wales, $127.5
Poll Dorset/Composite cross mixed sex store lambs 38kg, Nerrin Nerrin, Victoria, $126
Composite mixed sex store lambs, 38kg, Lake Bolac, Victoria, $125.5
Border Leicester/SAMM mixed sex store lambs, 34kg, Penneshaw, South Australia, $125
Dohne store wether lambs, 41kg, Streaky Bay, South Australia, $111.50
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