January 16, 2013
Prices were up at the annual Ballarat first cross ewe sale on Thursday last week where about 20,000 sheep were yarded. First cross 1.5-year-old ewes sold to a top of $178 for a pen of 320 first cross, May-April 11-drop ewes, October-shorn and Gudair vaccinated sold by the Valed Poll Dorset Stud. TB White & Sons agent Leo White said the sale saw a magnificent yarding of sheep with solid local support as well demand from Gippsland. “Prices were up on what we were expecting,” Mr White said. “The first cross ewes sold well with the majority of the secondary 1.5-year-old ewes making good money too.” Charles Stewart agent Tom Madden said prices were about $10-$15 dearer, exceeding their expectations. “Breeding ewes sold well and buyers from the South West were active in buying the secondary young ewes.” Don and Duncan Blair, Deeby’s Way, Bathgarie, sold 750 first cross August-September 11-drop ewes to a top of $156. The ewes were November-shorn and Gudair vaccinated and attracted buyers from Colac, Warrnambool as well as Leongatha. The father and son team thought the prices were fair considering the current condition of the market. H Wade & Sons sold 600 first-cross, 1.5-year-old ewes to a top of $160. The ewes were October-shorn and were snapped up by Landmark Leongatha. The Fraser Brothers, Clunes, sold 550 first cross, 1.5-year-old ewes to $154. These ewes were October-shorn and mulesed and attracted solid demand. Brackenhurst Pty Ltd sold 180 first cross, July-August 11-drop ewes which were November-shorn, Gudair and OJD vaccinated to $145. They also sold 125 first cross July-August 11-drop ewes, mulesed to $154. KJ&LM Smith and Sons sold 300 first-cross ewes, June-July 11- drop to $162. The ewes were November-shorn, Gudair vaccinated and mulesed. EW Hayward & Sons sold 360 first-cross September 11-drop, November-shorn, Gudair vaccinated ewes to $164. The ewes were November-shorn, mulesed, Gudair and OJD vaccinated.