A LINE of 2017-drop ewes topped the Willawayup Farms clearing sale at Munglinup last week, selling for $176 a head.
The sale, held by Landmark Brindley & Gale, Esperance, saw a line of 191 June shorn ewes with an average weight of 58 kilograms attract plenty of competition and strong bidding which ended when CR & DM Broun, Ravensthorpe, placed the winning bid at $176.
The ewes were pregnancy tested in lamb (PTIL) to Derella Downs and Pyramid Poll, Merino and Poll Merino rams, which had been depastured with the ewes from October 31.
Vendors Neil and Mary Wandel offered 1873 ewes as part of an extensive clearing sale which included the dispersal of 549 Angus cows (see page 106) and machinery lines (see page 36), with the sale grossing more than $2.1 million in total.
Bidders in this section of the sale, held between the cattle dispersal and machinery, had done their homework, with DS & NJ Morrison, Esperance, taking home two pens after missing out on the opening lot.
They picked up the next two pens for $125 and $126 a head respectively.
The first line they purchased at $125 comprised 530 2016-drop, December shorn ewes, averaging 61kg, while the second line purchased at $126 was made up of 519 October shorn, 2014-drop ewes, weighing 63kg.
Both lines were PTIL to Derella Downs and Pyramid Poll.
The 2016-drop ewes had been treated with Avenge while the 2014-drop line had been treated with Eradicate
Sandplains Farms, Esperance, paid $121 a head to secure a line of 343 December shorn, 2012-drop ewes, which were PTIL to White Suffolk rams that had been introduced from October 31.
The ewes were treated with Avenge and weighed an average 68kg.
The final pen of 290 December shorn, 2018-drop ewes, with an average weight of 42.5kg, was secured by JW & JI McDonald and Sons, Condingup, for $112 a head.
Landmark Brindley & Gale, Esperance, auctioneer Neil Brindley was pleased with the result.
“There was very strong bidding and pleasing values reflecting the wool market,” he said.