A tightening supply of sheep and lambs helped prices to soar at the Mount Pleasant market on Thursday, with ewes and wethers both climbing to $244.
THE opening sale for 2020 at the Ouyen Livestock Exchange in Vic on Thursday last week attracted a yarding of 8532, including 7489 lambs and 1043 mutton.
A new record for a top-priced pen of ewes at Casterton has injected a shot of confidence into the community.
Breeders were in demand in the cattle ring at the Mount Pleasant cattle and sheep market on Thursday, with cows topping at $1560 and heifers climbing to $1500.
PRICES for lambs at Jamestown's last sale of the year on Thursday last week held firm when compared with past sales but breeding ewe demand had eased by about $25 a head.
The Mount Pleasant market offered a larger cattle yarding than in past markets on Thursday this week, with quality cows topping the section at $1560.
EWE lambs sold above expectations at the Cooranga on-property sale of the James family, near Lucindale, on Friday, while wethers also sold strongly.
YOUNG ewes reached $264, while a pen of first-cross ewe lambs made $312 in another strong market at Jamestown on Thursday.
FIRST cross ewe lambs hit a high of $361 at today's Naracoorte blue ribbon sale, eclipsing last year's top of $320.