THE quality offered and the resultant prices achieved bore little resemblance to the month earlier sale at Hay, NSW on Friday.
Staging the second of its Hay Merino breeders spring sales and offering 38,000 head, better presented lines of breeders ewes made from $132 to top of $160 while a host of other sales made $90-$120.
The young ewe line-up contained several pens of larger framed 11-drop ewes, however the standard overall was not a patch of hot September sale which sold half a dozen or so above $160, topping at $200 in a young ewe sale that averaged about $146.
The October sale crowd was also significantly smaller and less enthusiastic with its bidding than the month earlier market. In fact on numerous occasions agents were required to plead for a start on some lines especially the smaller framed and non-mulesed lots.
Best attention on the day was paid to a well presented yarding of proven and sound breeders. These mostly made $50- $85 for those off shears while late-autumn shorn lines made to $90.50.
The 12-drop line of purple tag wether lambs met good demand with the processing trade keen to acquire lots offering freshness.
Pens of shorn wether lambs made $51-$55, while unshorn wether lambs made $46, to a best of $67 on two occasions.
Meanwhile, 11-drop green tag wethers made $41 to $48 shorn and to $62.50 for May shorn with processors again the major successive buyer.
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