ELDERS auctioneer Gary Preston did not let the competition from harvesting operations over the fence faze him at last week's Mingenew sheep sale.
He knocked down the first line offered, 549 May-drop, September shorn Merino wether lambs, from VR & BJ Elsegood, Mingenew, for the day's top of $65.
Obviously enjoying the season, the sheep were in very good condition and joined several other lots that were purchased by the Elders Moora office for local clients.
JA Stephens, Canna, had three lines of sheep on offer, all MPM-blood and all September shorn, with 260 2.5 to 3.5yo ewes making the second top price of $61, when they were knocked down to Billawong, Badgingarra.
The other two lines of JA Stephens' sheep included the second line offered, 155 mixed age wethers, which sold to Elders Moora for $50, while the remaining line of 117, 4.5 to 5.5yo ewes, sold to FJ Burton & Sons, Dongara, for $40.
A top line of 456, 5.5yo ewes from Greengrove Valley, Dongara, were offered, with Landmark taking them for $45.50.
The pen were MPM-blood, September shorn and had delivered 98 per cent lambs earlier in the year.
Nearly 2200 station sheep made the journey from Carnarvon to Mingenew, including 1557 November shorn, Haseley-blood Merinos from Wahroonga station, and although the wethers were in good order, the ewes looked as if some Wheatbelt stubbles would be very welcome.
The first Wahroonga line offered were 343, 2.5yo wethers that were knocked down for $48.50 and joined the truck heading for Elders Moora, while another two lines, 424, 2.5yo ewes and 293, 5.5yo ewes, also went to Elders Moora for $44 and $38.
Two more lines of 5.5yo ewes from Wahroonga were offered, in lighter condition than their peers, with 487 going to Primaries, Three Springs, for $22.50, while 239 went to Kilkerrin Agriculture for $19.
As pastoral sheep, there was a chance that some of the ewes had been mated.
The other Carnarvon sheep consisted of two lines of October shorn ewes from Meeragoolia station, with 329, 1.5 to 3.5yo ewes selling to PM & SP Carter, Wandering, for $20, while 297 mixed age ewes went to Lomodo Pty Ltd, Three Springs, for $23.