Naracoorte ewe lambs to $256

Elders Minlaton branch manager Adam Pitt, with his son Paxton, 2, dad Evan Pitt, Lucindale, Elders Lucindale livestock production agent Brendan Voss and Jamie Weaver, Lucindale.NARACOORTE Cameron and Anne Jesse, Western Flat, with their sale-topping $256 ewe lambs and PPH&S agent Trevor Doecke.

Yarding: 27,300Ewe lambs to $256EWE lambs sold to a high of $256 at the Naracoorte first-cross sale on Thursday November 17, $26 up on last year’s top price.

The top price pen came from Cameron and Anne Jesse, Western Flat.

The pen was 94 April/May 2016-drops, Paxton/Collinsville-blood, which sold to Pinkerton Palm Hamyln & Steen.

The same vendor also sold a further 163 at $244.

Receiving the best-presented ribbon was Ian Farley, Marmon Pastoral, Jabuk.

His pen of 174 Inverbrackie-blds made $240, selling to Elders Millicent.

Other Marmon Pastoral lines included 224 at $230, 160 at $234, 293 at $230, 300 at $222, 182 at $222, 346 at $206, 381 at $196, 105 at $198 and 105 at $190.

Also selling near the top of the sale was Farmers Leap Pty Ltd, Padthaway, with 68 Wongary/Paxton-blds at $236, 150 at $228 and 140 at $210.

Duane Simon, McPiggery, Lameroo, sold ewe lambs to $232.

McPiggery, Lameroo, is always a strong performer at the ewe lamb sale, having won the best-presented pen many times.

With the ribbon for best-presented pen were Ian Farley, Marmon Pastoral, Jabuk, his daughter Cassie Oster, Elders Murray Bridge branch manager Phil Nagel and Marmon Pastoral sheep manager John Byrnes.

This year McPiggery sold 182 March/April 2016-drops, from Johnos sires and Gunallo dams,for a top of $232.

McPiggery also sold 189 at $214, 162 at $222, 189 at $218, 240 at $212, 174 at $200 and 129 at $194.

Naracoorte Combined Agents Association chairman Darren Maney said joinable ewe lambs represented good value.

First-time sellers at Naracoorte, Grace and Neil Kroehn, Belmont, Springton, sold ewe lambs to $198.

“I think the ewes that made $190 to $210 were better value than lighter one that made $180,” he said.

“On the lighter ewe lambs there was strong evidence of restocker activity, caused by destocking across the last two dry seasons, and there being plenty of feed out there.”

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