4.5yo Merino ewes make $244 at Narrogin

4.5yo Merino ewes make $244 at Narrogin

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With the $244 top-priced line of ewes at last week's Nutrien Livestock Narrogin ewe and wether lamb sale offered by the Rhodes family, TJ & ME Rhodes & Sons, Highbury, were Nutrien Livestock, Narrogin agent Ashley Lock (left), vendor Bernie Rhodes, buyer Wes Lavender, Lavender Farm Co, Williams and Elders, Williams agent Graeme Alexander, who helped Mr Lavender purchase the ewes. The genuine line of 410 4.5-year-old ewes were September shorn and based on Hyfield bloodlines.

With the $244 top-priced line of ewes at last week's Nutrien Livestock Narrogin ewe and wether lamb sale offered by the Rhodes family, TJ & ME Rhodes & Sons, Highbury, were Nutrien Livestock, Narrogin agent Ashley Lock (left), vendor Bernie Rhodes, buyer Wes Lavender, Lavender Farm Co, Williams and Elders, Williams agent Graeme Alexander, who helped Mr Lavender purchase the ewes. The genuine line of 410 4.5-year-old ewes were September shorn and based on Hyfield bloodlines.

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Unlike last year when more than half of the yarding headed across the border to the Eastern States, this year it was local WA buyers, who were looking for replacement ewes or an extra mob to mate, that dominated the buying list securing all but four lines.

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THE run of strong spring sheep sales continued at Narrogin when Nutrien Livestock hosted its annual Narrogin ewe and wether lamb sale where prices topped at $244 for 4.5-year-old ewes and young maiden ewes made to a high of $228.

In the sale the Nutrien Livestock team, led by sale co-ordinator and Narrogin agent Ashley Lock, presented a quality yarding of 7958 ewes and lambs, made up predominantly of spring shorn maiden purple tag and mature black tag ewes, as well as a good run of wether lambs from the local and surrounding areas.

With the support from a good crowd of local buyers from the area and a strong representation from the Nutrien Livestock network, auctioneer Mark Warren had no problem finding new homes for the lines on offer at an overall average of $175 across all descriptions.

Unlike last year when more than half of the yarding headed across the border to the Eastern States, this year it was local WA buyers, who were looking for replacement ewes or an extra mob to mate, that dominated the buying list securing all but four lines.

The line-up of 4827 1.5 to 5.5yo ewes sold for an average of $198, 432 ewe lambs sold for $122 and 2699 wether lambs averaged $143.

In the breakdown of the ewe offering 2339 1.5yo ewes averaged $189, 728 4.5yo ewes realised a $239 average and 1760 5.5yo ewes averaged $194.

The ewe prices achieved were very similar to last year's sale where 4389 1.5 to 5.5yo ewes averaged $203, while the prices for wether lambs was up significantly compared to last year's average of $115 for the 1556 head sold.

The lines of maiden ewes may have dominated the yarding but it was the proven breeders which created the most interest among the buyers and achieved the top prices.

Leading the way in these lines was a draft of 410 September shorn, Hyfield blood, 4.5yo ewes offered by the Rhodes family, TJ & ME Rhodes & Sons, Narrogin.

Mr Warren took an opening bid of $180 on the well-grown, genuine line of ewes, which were on the market as a result of the Rhodes family downsizing their operation and from there the buyers jumped in and quickly pushed the price above the $200 barrier.

Eventually the ewes, which achieved a 114 per cent lambing in 2021, were knocked down at the day's $244 top price to the Lavender family, Lavender Farm Co, Williams, who bought with the support of Elders, Williams agent Graeme Alexander.

Buyer Wes Lavender said the ewes came recommended to them by Kevin Broad, Elders stud stock, who classes for both them and the Rhodes.

"They are good, big, roomy well-bred ewes," Mr Lavender said.

"We are looking to join more ewes this year as we have plenty of feed and these fitted the bill in terms of what we wanted."

The Lavenders will join the ewes to Merino rams this season.

The second top-price for the sale was $232 and it was also achieved for a line of 4.5yo ewes.

This line of 318 August shorn, Navanvale blood, 4.5yo ewes sold for the sale's $232 second top price. With the line were vendor Murray Ward (left) RJ Rowe & Co, Boundain, Navanvale co-principal Mitchell Hogg, Williams, Nutrien Livestock, Narrogin agent Ashley Lock and buyer John Eckersley, RA & JM Eckersley, Narrogin.

This line of 318 August shorn, Navanvale blood, 4.5yo ewes sold for the sale's $232 second top price. With the line were vendor Murray Ward (left) RJ Rowe & Co, Boundain, Navanvale co-principal Mitchell Hogg, Williams, Nutrien Livestock, Narrogin agent Ashley Lock and buyer John Eckersley, RA & JM Eckersley, Narrogin.

Achieving the price was a draft of 318 August shorn, Navanvale blood ewes offered by RJ Rowe & Co, Boundain, when it was knocked down to the Eckersley family, RA & JM Eckersley, Narrogin.

John Eckersley said they purchased the ewes as replacement breeders for their prime lamb enterprise in which they join 1100 ewes to White Suffolk rams.

The sale kicked off with the 1.5yo ewes and these sold for between $138 and $228.

Taking the $228 top price honour in the run was the first line offered in the sale.

Bidding kicked off at $200 on the line of 302 September shorn, Woolkabin blood, genuine ewes from TJ & ME Rhodes & Sons and when it finished at $228, it was Carlton Springs, Narrogin, which was written down as the buyer.

Mr Lock, who was buying over the phone for Nutrien Ag Solutions, Echuca, Victoria, purchased the next three lines of 1.5yo ewes for the Eastern States' order.

He bid to a high of $212 for 214 October shorn, Fern Park blood ewes offered by Schorer & Son, Jitarning and $208 for 351 October shorn, Darijon blood ewes offered by BH Styles & Partners, Highbury.

Nutrien Livestock, Narrogin agent Ashley Lock (left) congratulated vendor Gary Lorrimar, BH Styles & Partners, Highbury, on selling his line of 351 October shorn, Darijon blood, 1.5yo ewes for $208. Mr Lock purchased the line for Nutrien Ag Solutions, Echuca, Victoria.

Nutrien Livestock, Narrogin agent Ashley Lock (left) congratulated vendor Gary Lorrimar, BH Styles & Partners, Highbury, on selling his line of 351 October shorn, Darijon blood, 1.5yo ewes for $208. Mr Lock purchased the line for Nutrien Ag Solutions, Echuca, Victoria.

Mr Lock's final purchase for the account was 260 October shorn, Darijon and Eastville Park blood ewes from RM Hawksley & Co, Cuballing, at $180.

The Wiese family, RL & CM Wiese, Highbury, offered two lines of 1.5yo ewes in the sale which were October shorn and based on Anderson Rams and Centre Plus bloodlines.

The Highbury producers Perrin and Gayelle Quartermaine, PT & GJ Quartermaine picked up the first line of 336 head at $198, while the second line of 254 head sold at $152 to Ken and Dean Hart, KP & CM Hart, Narrogin.

The Harts also bid $138 for a draft of 99 October shorn, Darijon blood, 1.5yo ewes offered by R & R Stott, Narrogin.

Another multiple line buyer of 1.5yo ewes was M & A Blight, Narrogin, which picked up three lines, totalling 345 ewes, for between $154 and $170.

The Blights paid $160 for 124 August shorn, Navanvale blood ewes offered by RJ Rowe & Co.

The 5.5yo proven breeders were keenly sought after by buyers and again topping these lines at $212 was a draft from TJ & ME Rhodes & Sons.

The line of 304 September shorn, Hyfield blood ewes was purchased by M & D Bennier, Wickepin.

Nutrien Livestock, Wickepin/Kulin agent Ty Miller also wasn't afraid to bid up on the 5.5yo ewes when purchasing two lines for a Kulin operation.

Mr Miller bid $206 for 328 October shorn, Eastville Park blood ewes offered by Reynolds Family Trust, Narrogin and $194 for 291 October shorn, Darijon blood ewes offered by BE & RD Hardie, Narrogin.

Mr Alexander, who had earlier helped the Lavenders secure the day's top-priced line, was active in the 5.5yo ewes as he tried to purchase replacement ewes for Williams-based prime lamb enterprises and he was successful finishing the run with three lines to his name.

He bid to $192 twice, the first time was for 316 October shorn, Darijon blood ewes from BH Styles & Partners, before going to the same value for 169 September shorn, Lewisdale blood ewes offered by BW Hastings & Co, Greenlaw Farms, Pingelly.

The third line he purchased was written into the sheets at $190 and consisted of 176 October shorn, Darijon blood ewes from R & R Stott.

There was only one line of ewe lambs offered and the draft of 432 unshorn, Eastville Park ewe lambs from Taarblin Farms Pty Ltd, Wickepin, sold at $122 to Mr Lock for his Nutrien Ag Solutions, Echuca account.

The sale rounded out with an impressive run of shorn and unshorn wether lambs which topped at $148 for 476 Woolkabin blood, September shorn wethers from TJ & ME Rhodes & Sons, when they sold to Graeme Manton, Colorado Farms, Yealering.

Mr Manton also purchased a line of 314 Darijon and Eastville Park blood, October shorn wether lambs from RM Hawksley & Co at $134.

After purchasing ewes for a Kulin client Mr Miller was also an active buyer in the wether lambs, bidding to $146 on behalf of PJ Ellis & Co, Kulin, for 448 Darijon blood, October shorn wethers from RA & JM Eckersley.

A run of 305 October shorn, Navanvale blood wether lambs from RJ Rowe & Co also made $146 selling to a Williams buyer operating through AuctionsPlus.

The final two lines of wether lambs sold at $140 and $142.

With the support of Mr Miller, RA & D Page, Pingelly, paid $142 for 706 unshorn Eastville Park wethers from Taarblin Farms, while John Patmore, Springhill Farm, Cuballing, went to $140 for 450 East Mundalla blood, September shorn wethers from DW & RT Thomson, Tincurrin.

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