January 15, 2013
First-cross ewes sold to a top of $164 at Landmark Casterton’s annual sheep and lamb sale recently but while temperatures soared into the mid 40s, prices remained subdued as the new selling year kicked into gear. Landmark auctioneer Greg Bright said the yarding of about 26,000 sheep and lambs, including 14,000 store and 12,000 prime sheep, contained quality lines of well-bred stock that attracted buyers from across the State, including Gippsland and northern Victoria, and the South East. The store portion of the sale saw continued subdued prices, with processors paying to $65 for Merino wethers and up to $42 for older crossbred ewes. But the prime market saw better prices paid for quality, well-presented lines. Top price seller Tandara, Coleraine, offered an even line of 388 first-blood, 1.5-year-old, November-shorn, Merino-cross ewes by high index Deepwater SuperBorder rams. Repeat buyer Rob Lovell, Landmark Hamilton, bought 200 head for his Muston Creek client at Caramut, while Tandara’s second run of 188 ewes made $140, knocked down to Jim Youl, Yambuk. “The sale was a lot cheaper than Naracoorte in November and we were happy to come away with the Tandara ewes for more than $70 cheaper than last year, where we paid $240 a head,” Mr Lovell said. “The price paid is realistic in this market but it’s a tough game the mutton market is going nowhere and prime lambs aren’t in good shape either. I’d say a lot of buyers and sellers are just waiting to see how this year kicks off before committing to much.” Other vendors to shine on the day included Killiekrankie, which sold 400 mixed-age sheep and lambs, including 178 Northern-bred, December shorn 1.5-year-old first-cross ewes for $160, a run of 153 for $150, with both lots going to Rodwells Edenhope, and 47 spring 2010-drop ewes for $156 knocked down to Brian Ferguson, through Landmark Casterton. Glenetive made $150 for 130, 1-1.5yo first-cross ewes while Wando Hills made $143 for 95 1.5yo composite ewes, September shorn, knocked down to Elders Bessiebelle. J&T Fitzgerald, Springfield, whose property is being leased, dispersed their Coopworth-cross ewes and older first-cross ewes, with repeat buyer GJ Parker & Co, Yeo, taking home 136 1.5yo and 114 2.5yo for $124. Springfield’s 6.5yo Coopworth ewes made $102. “I was very happy to come away with the Springfield ewes again this year,” Geoff Parker said. “They have performed very well for us in the past and it was certainly worth making the trip over to Casterton again this year.” First-cross ewe lambs made to $92 for vendor Kanimbla, Wannon, knocked down to S Herrmann, Hamilton. Ferry Hills sold 110 first-cross ewe lambs, November shorn, for $80 to PPH&S for a Naracoorte client while Dougal and Anna Speirs, Satimer, Casterton, sold 81 August-September 2012-drop composite ewe lambs for $69. A small selection of rams was offered at the sale, featuring seven of brother-and-sister duo Esther and James Glasgow’s Estjam stud Poll Dorset rams, which made to $350.