Kyneton ewes to $425 a head

Kyneton ewes to $425 a head


Ewe lambs the star of the Kyneton first-cross sale.


Agents have rated Kyneton's annual first-cross ewe sale a success, with ewe lambs the start of the sale.

But Elders Kyneton livestock agent Dean Coxon said the 1.5-year-old ewes were "tough going".

"We didn't have any huge, big, heavy sheep, but we had some really nice ewes," Mr Coxon said.

"It was hard work, but we got there.

"I thought it would have been a bit stronger than what it was - I don't think everyone wants to pay $400-500 [a head] for ewes, it's a lot of money."

The saleyard yarded 5800 head of sheep, largely from the local area.

A highlight was ewe lamb sales which reached $425.

"The ewe lambs were the star," Mr Coxon said.

He said sheep lacked bloom, given the cold, wet winter.

McGrath Rodwells auctioneer Kieran McGrath said Ballarat, Kilmore, Kyneton, Gippsland, Benalla and Bendigo agents picked up most of the yarding.

"People are shying away a little bit from the real big sheep, they want good, medium-framed sheep," Mr McGrath said.

He said drafts offered by regular vendors sold very well "considering the circumstances".

"The opening pens were very good buying on recent sales, and the middle and tail-end made very, very good money," he said.

Nutrien Ag Solutions auctioneer John Robson said he felt the 1.5-year-olds could have made more money.

"The 2.5-year-olds sold very well, the tops made $420, and I thought the lamb job was very sold, selling for more than $400," Mr Robson said.

"Even the lighter lambs at the end, we were still getting $250-275 for, which I thought was a pretty good sale."

KJ, GM & RL Kelly, Pinehill, Myrtle Creek, sold the top-priced pen of 120 May/June 2021-drop ewes, by Pina Border Leicester rams out of Wurrook ewes, for $425.

Antony Barri, Glenhope, sold 33 May/June-drop ewes, by Baynton Border Leicester rams out of Challara ewes, for $390.

K&L Walker, Drummond, sold 109 Baynton Border Leicester-blood September/October-drop ewes for $355.

GG Younger, Dunderloo, Pipers Creek, sold 139 Wee Waa, NSW, district bred July/August-drop ewes for $330.

A Foley, Darrendeen, Rochford, sold 137 May/June 2020-drop ewes, by Pina Border Leicester rams, out of Riverina ewes, for $400.

L Fasso, Heathcote, sold 104 May/June-drop ewes, by Pina Border Leicester rams, out of West Australian ewes, for $395.

Stockrange, Glenhope, sold 159 May/June 2020-drop ewes by Pina Border Leicester rams out of Riverina ewes, for $345.

Springview, Kyneton, sold 84 ewes for $340.

JM Hiscock sold 70 Brurob-bred Retallack-blood, October/November-drop ewes for $300.

Tickawarra sold 90 Border Leicester/Compositre-cross ewes for $250.

Pickup Pastoral sold its first draft of 199 ewes, 2019-drop, for $420.

Rocklea, Lauriston, sold 73 2021-drop ewes for $190.

Airlane, Metcalfe, sold 47 April/May 2021-drop ewes for $250.


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