THERE was a big crowd - of sheep and onlookers - at the Jamestown feature ewe sale, with prices exceeding expectations.
Bordertown agent Kym Lovelock expects prices for young Merino ewes to be about on a par with 2018, but if the good season in the South East had been more widespread he believes it could have been $20 to $30 better.
Lamb prices in the north were boosted by the prediction of rain, with buyer competition intensifying against a shortage of numbers at southern selling centres.
YOUNG Merino wether lambs sold to $158 at the annual Elliston and Port Kenny Circuit Sale, where more than 15,000 head went under the hammer last week.
THERE was good competition for older breeding ewes, while younger ewes didn't make the heights expected at the Murray Bridge Merino ewe sale on Friday.
Prices for lambs are reflecting supply and seasonal conditions in different production areas, leading to mixed trends.
A commitment to rearing rams with a good body depth and fat content helped Tongara White Suffolk stud clear their entire catalogue at their annual on-property sale at Coonalpyn on Wednesday.
AS sucker lambs begin to trickle into SA saleyards, some producers are enjoying top returns but as lamb supply and demand uncertainty rises, the state's livestock agents are concerned a traditional 'spring flush' of new-season lambs might not eventuate.