BENALLAYoung ewes to $248Ewe lambs to $207 Anne and Tony Mort, Mardie, Winton, had the top-priced and best presented pen of 1.5 year-old ewes.
COMPETITION was strongat the 10,000-head yarding at Benalla’s annualsheep sale.
Rodwells Benalla branch manager John Gregory said last Friday’s priceswere strong forthe exceptional quality 1.5 year-old first-cross ewes, ewe lambs, older ewes, Merinos, fattening lambs and rams.
“There were no extreme highs, but it was very strong right throughout,” he said.
Mr Gregorywaspleased with the sheep’scondition andsaid they were drawnShepparton, Wangaratta, Euroa and Strathbogie –areasthatwere having a relatively good season.
TB Whites & Sons’ Phil Shaw with clients Geoffrey and Bill Inverarity, Newlyn, who purchased older ewes for lambing ease.
Buyersfrom central Victoria, the north-east,alpine areas, Gippsland and southern NSW pushed prices to $248 a head for 1.5yo first-cross ewes. The top price was again achieved by Tony and Anne Mort, Mardie, Winton, for their pen of 100September shorn, ex-classed Riverina ewes by Rettalack Border Leicester rams, which were knocked down to Rodwells Shepparton. The Morts’first pen of 136 head, same breeding, made the second highest price of $244 (purchased by Corcoran Parker Mansfield agent Daniel Craddock)and was awarded the best 1.5yo ewepen.
The Hayes family, Tarcombe Herefords, Tarcombe, also achieved notable prices for their 1.5yo ewes, October shorn, by Kelso Superborder rams, ex Bramble ewes. Their 535-head draft made $230 for 200, $214 for 267 and $188 for 68.
Other highlights included I&H Hill, Strathbogie, whose 1.5yo ewes by Black Gate Border Leicester rams made $228 for their first pen of 265 and $194 for second pen of 80 head. Account Waverley, Winton, consigned 502-head draft that made $216-$224.
Tim and father Rob Hayes, Tarcombe Herefords, Tarcombe, with their first pen of 267 first-cross ewes that made $214.
Despite someewe lambs showing the effects of a patchy season,there were still impressive lots sold.Account Avondale, Broken Creek, consignedMay/June droplambs,ex Riverina and WA bred ewes by Cypress Vale Border Leicester rams, and their first penwas divided into a run of 150 that made $207, and 50 that made $170. Their seconds, 158 head, made $144.
Competition wassubdued for older ewes, with a pen of 73 2.5yo first-cross ewes from Clover Lea Pastures, Lurg, making $160. Their 4.5yo ewes made $146, and were bought by Geoffrey and Bill Inverarity, whotraveled from Newlyn.
Rodwells livestock manager Rob Bolton called the bids of buyers who came from the north-east and further afield.
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