A SINGLE line of mature Border Leicester Merino cross ewes topped the Wesfarmers Dalgety Kojonup sheep sale with ease under enthusiastic competition from two prime lamb producers. The 121 2.5yo and 3.5yo ewes bred by Stephen Abbott, Beaufort River, were the last pen offered and local Wesfarmers Dalgety representative Garry Mitchell paid $25.20 on behalf of Richie and Anna Robertson, Kojonup. Local agent Chris Metcalf mustered 4600 head for the fixture, just under advertised numbers, and with a couple of good orders underpinning the market, values were $2-$3 better than expected. The yarding comprised mainly spring shorn ewe hoggets that sold in a tight range from $13 to $17, bolstered by trade support. However, graziers still had ample opportunity to top up with annual lines from local vendors, pushing this category of stock to $17.20, paid by Neville Thorn, Kojonup, for 257 August shorn Angenup blood hoggets offered by Robinson Yarranup, Kojonup. Neville also paid $15 for one of two cast-for-age ewe lines offered by JM Stewart, Kojonup. The Stewart family's big annual draft of 382 had an October shearing and Purpareena breeding. The only other cast-for-age ewes were 390 October shorn Kylie blood ewes offered by Stephen Abbott and these went to LGJ & R Miller, Jerramungup, and were destined for the coast near Bremer Bay, where farmers have experienced a reasonable season. While most of the lines were recognised as annual drafts, just as many of the buyers could claim the same distinction. RI Toovey, Frankland, returned to buy 209 October shorn maidens from Dakin Nominees, Kojonup, for $16 and 251 of the same description from EG & EM Hueppauff, Broomehill, for $15. Two other classy hogget lines came from Geoff Jones, Kojonup ‹ 120 Anglesey Tilba Tilba blood ewes that fetched $15.80, bought on behalf of VMT & E Drage, Mt Barker, and PJ Marinoni, Kojonup, and 101 August shorn Angenup blood hoggets bought for $15.60 by A & R Wilson, Floreat. Other good ewe prices were $15, paid by Clancy & Son, Bridgetown, for 275 November shorn Merinotech hoggets offered by JB & P Ednie-Brown, Kojonup; and $14.80 paid by Payne & Co & Cosh, Hyden, for 530 hoggets offered by JM Stewart. The sale opened with 681 October shorn Merinotech wethers presented by Q & M Warburton, Mobrup, and were knocked down in a single bid to NJ Parker, Kojonup, for $18. A second draft of the same sheep went the same way for $15. Also offered early in the sale were two lines of woolly Merinotech wether lambs from G & P Bunny, Kojonup. The tops made $17.40 and seconds $12 paid both times by Talawa Grazing, Mt Barker.