Perfect storm sparks ewe lamb buying frenzy

Perfect storm sparks ewe lamb buying frenzy


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While demand for first-cross young ewes, aged one to one-and-a-half years, topped at a sale high $304 a head at the Edenhope annual ewe sale on Thursday, it was the competition applied to ewe lambs that epitomized the perfect buying storm.

While demand for first-cross young ewes, aged one to one-and-a-half years, topped at a sale high $304 a head at the Edenhope annual ewe sale on Thursday, it was the competition applied to ewe lambs that epitomized the perfect buying storm.

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With an abundant season throughout the west of the state and a perceived shortage of future breeders on the horizon, local restocker buyers dug deep against repeat Wimmera and Mallee enquiry for ewe lamb prices to surge $30 to $50 a head above expectation.

Best drafts of ewe lambs, suitable to February/March late-season joining, made $230-$276 a head, with a number of second draft lots making more than their first-draft counterparts.

Smaller restocker types, which were being banked for growing out and future joining next spring, then made $160 to $245 a head in a surprising display of urgency.

The sale, which offered some 9,000 head, was conducted by Rodwells Ruralco. 

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