Merinos and first-cross ewes were presented in excellent condition at the 71st Dunedoo Sheep Breeders Sale with 7000 head yarded and sold to values down of last year’s sale.
Merino ewes kicked off the sale with the first pen selling for the top at $190.
These were for 138 Merino ewes of Langdene blood, 4½ and 5½ years, November shorn and mulesed bred and offered by Alison Kensit, Reb Bank Park, Dunedoo. Thewes were 147 per cent scanned in lamb to Border Leicester rams for a March lambing.
They were purchased by Ronald Bowman, Meruthera, Dunedoo, who bought similar ewes from the Kensit draft last year and gained $223 a head for those ewes’ lambs at the sale today.
Top-priced first-cross ewes at $242 a head, were a draft of 125 bred by Derek and Robyn Rhodes, Hillview, Dunedoo September/October 2017 drop, December shorn and in lamb to Poll Dorset rams to lamb in March.
They were purchased by Julie Hunter, Bloomfield, Mendooran, as replacements for her first-cross flock producing second-cross lambs for sucker and heavy lamb production.
Merino wethers sold to a top of $82.
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