DOUBLE-WHAMMY: The honour for top price and best presented pen at the Lameroo off-shears sale went the way of Wunkar breeder David Farr (centre), who sold his pen of 160 Ridgway Advance ewes at $204. He is shown receiving his prize for the best presented pen from Brad Holdman, Cooper’s Animal Health and Josh Manser, Southern Australian Livestock’s Naracoorte agent.EVERYTHING needed for a successful sale fell nicely into place at last Friday’s Lameroo off-shears sale.
It resulted in young ewe prices soaring to a seasonal high of $204 (as of yesterday), projecting the sale as the pace-setter for off-shears sales around Australia.
The quality of the offering was so good it moved three interstate agents to rate it at least the equal of any they had seen.
Young ewes were quoted as being $20 a head higher than recent ruling rates, with older ewes being slightly dearer.
The auction got off to a promising start, with the first pen of 134 Moorundie Park blood 1.5- year-old ewes, penned by RP&PM Howard, Geranium, selling at $164 to Elders Roseworthy for John Day, Boundrina Reeve’s Plains, one of the biggest prime lamb breeders in the State.
The same buyer continued to make an impact on the young ewes and, among other purchases, was a pen of 198 Lines Gum Hill-blood ewes from Annerley Props, which sold for $180.
Sam Godden’s Lines Gum Hill-blood ewes cleared under two hammers, 156 going to Landmark Tintinara a/c Doug and Di Ashby for $172 and the remaining 156 selling at $148 to Southern Australian Livestock, Bordertown.
Landmark Loxton paid $151 for 272 Lines Gum Hill bloods from Galbraith Farms, Marama, while the large line of 526 Lines Gum Hill bloods offered by GT Pocock & Son was the start of a buying spree by Brian and Kevin Pfeiffer, Parrakie, who bid successfully at $156 and went on to secure a total of 928 young ewes.
Among others bought by the Pfeiffers were 148 Lines Gum Hill bloods yarded by PW&AC Needs & Co at $196 and 169 Ridgway bloods yarded by Ric Ridgway at $180.
RM&S Pocock’s 400 Lampata ewes were sold under spirited competition in two lines, with 200 selling at $184 to Elders Strathalbyn and 200 cleared at $178 to Elders Warracknabeal, Vic.
JD&BM Steer’s Lines Gum Hill bloods also sparked some intense bidding, with 120 selling at $198 to Elders Eudunda and 119 going at $190 to SAL Naracoorte for Tooroot, Frances.
*Full report in Stock Journal, October 18 issue, 2012.
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