The magical figure of $300 for young first-cross ewes was achieved at Barellan when 5561 were yarded for the annual sale.
Findlays Barellan agent Neil Findlay said there was determined demand for the top lines of ewes on offer “in the face of the on-going dry conditions that are engulfing southern NSW at present.”
“Repeat buyers from Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga and tableland districts attended to compete on a quality yarding that presented in top condition, a credit to the local breeders that hold their ewe lambs for this annual fixture,” Mr Findlay said.
The top price was achieved by Tony Flagg, Flagg Family Trust, Townswell Park, Moombooldool who sold 221 March/April 2018 drop and October-shorn by Mt Beckom Border Leicester rams, with average body weight of 66.4kg.
The award for the Best Presented Pen sponsored by Ian Tonacia, Mt Beckom Border Leicesters, Ardlethan was made to B.J and M.P Sullivan, Sunnyside, Kamarah when judged by Graham Golder, Kegra Border Leicesters, Temora.
They sold 309 March/April 2018 drop ewes, October-shorn and sired by Mt Beckom-bred rams out of Pooginook-blood Merino ewes to $242 for 152.
Excellent sales included 201 April/May ‘18 drop, October-shorn sired by Bauer B/L rams out of western bred ewes purchased at Hay sold for $260 on account Wandon Farming, Karringal, Barellan: $258 for 260 April/May ‘18 drop, November-shorn and weighing 68.4kg out of WA- and Boree Creek-bred Merino ewes and sired by Mount Beckom Border Leicester rams when offered by Aitken and Meehan Farming, Afton, Beckom and $240 for 202 April/May ‘18 drop, October-shorn bred from station-bred Merino ewes purchased at Hay and Jerilderie and sired by Dunsyre and Kegra Border Leicester rams when offered by G.J and A.L Graham, Anglia, Coolamon.
Another good sale of young ewes was $220 paid for 179 March’April ‘18 drop, November-shorn by Mt Beckom BL rams out of Haddon Rig-blood ewes on account E.R and K.M McDermott, Linden Court, Barellan.
In the pens of joined ewes scanned in lamb, S and C.H Robb, Danbury, Ungarie received $276 for 133 March/April ‘16 drop scanned-in-lamb at 161 percent to White Suffolk rams; N.G and K.C Morris, Rickaveera, Ardlethan sold 850 Merino ewes March/April 2015 drop, October-shorn and scanned-in-lamb at 133 percent to White Suffolk rams to top of $182 for the pen of 210.
Purchased by the Morris family as one and half year old ewes at the Hillston Special Sheep Sale in 2016, they were by Ballatherie-blood Poll Merino rams from Ballatherie-blood ewes.
The sale was conducted by Findlays Barellan and Mark Flagg Livestock and Property and interfaced with AuctionsPlus.