Crossbred ewes made to $190 at today’s annual Casterton New Year sheep and lamb sale.
A searing 42 degree day didn’t deter a big crowd from turning out for the sale with restockers from the Western District, Wimmera and South Australia active.
Prices topped at $190 for a pen of 2.5-year-old 74 Border Leicester-Merino ewes offered by Ferry Hills and sold to Charlie Kerr, Winnab, who was on the hunt for replacement ewes.
“They were dear enough but that’s what you’ve got to pay at the moment,” Mr Kerr said.
Younger 1.5-year-old crossbred ewes generally traded a bit cheaper, ranging from $140 up to $190.
One standout mob of 1.5-year-old Merino ewes, Oakbank blood, offered by P and EJ Last made $90.
Many considered the older crossbred ewes the “dear” part of the sale, with 3.5 to 5.5-year-old ewes generally making $100-$155 and 5.5-6.5-year-old ewes changing hands at $82-$110.
Heavy crossbred wethers made up to $100, with most averaging around 300 cents a kilogram with secondary lines dropping off to about 290c. Merino wethers generally made $82-$84.
*Full report in Stock & Land, January 7.
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