Crossbred young ewe prices have smashed through the $300 a head barrier, surged to a mouth-watering $314 a head at the Corowa, NSW breeder-only sale on Thursday.
Competing for an outstanding quality penning of 8653 mainly 1.5 year-olds along with a modest sample of 2017-drop ewe lambs, bidding crossed the $300 a head threshold on two further occasions while as many as 4500 head recorded sales above $270 a head.
The market toppers were the annual draft of 1200 offered by Bill and David Bott, Emu Park, Coreen trading as Coachworth Nominees.
The Bott young ewes, which were ex Alma-blood Merino ewes by Tulagi Border Leicester rams, saw the first draft of 590 cleared over two hammers to repeat buyer BRC Agents Swan Hill, taking 260 while Paull & Scollard, Albury who nominated 200 head at $306 a head.
A number of other excellent sales were posted on the day.
Rebbur P/L sold 431 ewes, ex Boorambil Merino ewes by Retallack Border Leicester rams at $298 a head while Deleware P/L, Brocklesby sold at $292 a head a pen of 230, sired by Deleware rams.
B&M Playford, Daysdale and L Clifton and Sons, Coreen each shared a price of $280 a head while Greg Boyd, Inglemar Walbundrie sold an October-drop line at $282 a head.
The best priced 2017-drop ewe lambs were sold by Mick and Graeme Boyd, Brocklesby trading as JW Boyd and Sons. These were bred ex Mallee-bred ewes – Hallam of Hopetoun – by Elarada Border rams while AP&SM (Jack) Ferguson sold unshorn ewe lambs at $190 a head.
Repeat and new buyers from Swan Hill, Shepparton, Albury, Mansfield, Bendigo and Phillip island were successful on the day while other would-be buyers from near and far went home entry-handed due to the strength of competition.