*23 of 26 ewe lots sold to $360, av $254
TWO pens of 2020-drop ewes topped the Chrome Genetic Maternal Ewe Sale on Tuesday, knocked down to a top price of $360 a head.
The multi-vendor feature sale attracted strong bids from across Victoria and SA, with an impressive clearance rate of 87 per cent recorded.
Overall, 2895 sheep out of 3335 sold, with Craig and Jacinta Grant, trading as C, B, C & J Grant, Pigeon Ponds, claiming the top-price honors with two pens of 2020-drop maternal ewes.
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The Grant's two top-priced pens included a draft of 120 and 100 ewes, respectively, which sold for $360 to a buyer from the Skipton region.
The online sale featured lots from Chrome Sheep studs, Hamilton, as well as seven of the stud's clients.
Chrome Sheep studs co-principal Tanya Tonissen said the Grants were known for their "outstanding young and proven breeders".
"We are very happy for our clients ... as we feel they gained a premium from being involved in a branded sale.," she said.
Chrome Sheep studs sold the top-priced pen of ewe lambs with a draft of 112 head which went under the hammer for $295.
The top pen of ewe lambs was bought by a client near Ballarat.
Other vendors in the sale included Maylin Farming, Derrinallum, which sold 310 2018-drop ewes for $246 and P & J Rees, Balmoral, who sold 158 2020-drop ewes for $287.
M & S Wythe, MacArthur, sold 240 ewe lambs for $211 and Hassell Trading Trust, Beachport, SA, sold 371 ewe lambs to $230.