THE final special ewe sale for the Upper Great Southern region was held by Landmark at the Wickepin saleyards recently and ended the selling season on a very good note.
Just less than 4000 ewes and close on 1000 lambs were offered.
The bulk of the numbers came from Landmark Brookton-Pingelly agent Chris Turton’s clients with a number of other Landmark staff sending clients’ surplus sheep.
All lines of sheep saw widespread buying support from as far away as Esperance.
The sale’s top price came about halfway through the offering of ewes when sale auctioneer James Culleton, Landmark Corrigin, offered a line of ewes on behalf of Pingelly clients ML & BM Cunningham, who are changing their farming operation and reducing their Dohne and Merino breeding flocks.
They offered just more than 1000 October shorn ewes in the sale.
The Cunninghams line of 363 Chirniminup blood Dohne ewes were 3.5-year-olds and attracted keen competition with the $176 sale top price winning bid coming from Michele Ball, GR & VJ Ball, Dumbleyung, bidding through her local Landmark Dumbleyung agent Scott Jefferis.
The two other lines of Chirniminup blood Dohne ewes from the Cunningham family, 91 4.5yo ewes sold for $137 and 266 5.5yo made $115, when both were knocked down to Ms Ball who said they ran about 3500 head of F4 Dohne ewes which were joined to both Dohne and Suffolk rams.
The second top price on the day of $162 was paid for a line of 190 September shorn, 1.5yo ewes of Fleming Grove and Quailerup West breeding from David Lewis and family trading as 86 Gate Farm, Wickepin.
These were bought by Landmark Wickepin agent Ty Miller on behalf of Ken Mutton, KR & SL Mutton, Wickepin.
The five other lines of 1.5yo ewes saw 304 May shorn, Wiringa Park and Pooginook blood ewes from Doheny Ptd Ltd, Kellerberrin, sell at $144 to Jane Bushby, Westcoast Wool & Livestock Pingaring, taking bids by phone on behalf of Wittenoom Plains, Esperance.
Brooklands Park Pastoral Co, Pingelly, offered 214 October shorn, Kolindale and Ronern blood ewes and these sold at $140 to Landmark Cunderdin agent Rex Luers on behalf of a Grass Valley client.
Another large line of 192 September shorn, Navanvale blood, 1.5yo ewes from Namahay Pastoral Co, Wandering, sold at $133 with a smaller line of 70 August shorn, Cardiff blood, 1.5yo ewes from SG Coleman & Co, Cunderdin, going at $135.
The second top price for Merino ewes came with the line of 297 October shorn, 2.5yo ewes offered by the Walters family, Nalyaring & Co, Brookton.
At $159 these went to K & E Fairhead & Son, Pingelly.
Just less than 800 head of ewes of October shearing and Willigulli North blood came in from Twin Oaks Farming, Wandering, due to the expiry of a lease arrangement.
A line of 161 head of 2.5yo ewes sold at $131 and 248 3.5yo of the same description sold at $130, with both lines going to Blechynden Farming Enterprises, Pingelly.
Later 353 5.5yo ewes from Twin Oaks Farming sold for $89 to a Wickepin buyer.
Two lines of Merino ewes were also offered on behalf of ML & BM Cunningham with 153 October shorn, Ronern blood, 4.5yo ewes selling at $134, while 266 5.5yo ewes of the same description sold at $115.
The top price paid for 5.5yo ewes was $120 paid for 316 October shorn, Rutherglen blood ewes from AM & MA Guinness, Corrigin.
These were purchased by Stephen Keatley, Westcoast Wool & Livestock Brookton, and two other lines of 5.5yo from two other clients sold at $109 and $110.
The four lines of Merino lambs penned saw a top of $109 paid twice.
This value was paid for a first time for 114 September shorn, Rutherglen blood ewes in from Chas Hewett & Co, Corrigin, when they were knocked down to Hillside Feedlot.
The other line of 109 unshorn ewes in from Nalyaring & Co were bought by Mr Keatley for a Westcoast Wool & Livestock York account also at the $109 value.
The other two larger lines of lambs saw 340 October shorn wether lambs from Twin Oaks Farming go to LS & SK Blechynden, East Pingelly, at $103 and earlier 385 shorn ewe lambs also from Twin Oaks Farming were bought by Peter Foley, Landmark Wagin, for account Dunara Farms, Wagin.