AFTER topping the Jamestown feature ewe sale last year, Paul and David Thomas, Gulnare, returned to set a saleyard record of $283 for young ewes this year.
Jamestown’s previous record of $280 was set in December last year.
The sale-toppers were a line of 184 North Ashrose-bloods, which were knocked down to Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen.
Also going down to the South East were the second-highest price young ewes, a line of 179 Baderloo/Glenville-blds from Garawang, Georgetown, which sold for $276 to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson Penola.
Two lines of young ewes made $268 – 336 from GI,BA&DG Simpson, Jamestown, which sold to PPHS, and 120 from CS&AM Simpson, Belalie North.
Also making very good money for their young ewes were Wirrilla Holdings, Georgetown, with 156 Moorundie Park-blds at $260, GR Mullighan & Co, Clare, with 115 Uardry-blds at $254, Scott Roberts, Narrioota, Spalding, with 92 Hamilton Run-blds at $232 and PN&LA Larwood & Co, Kimba, with 160 Morley-blds at $222.
Laskey Farming Trust, Orroroo, sold 350 Flairdale-bld young ewes at $234 and DM Scott & Co, Clare, sold 256 at $200.
Elders Jamestown livestock manager Jack Coleman said young ewes in good condition sold to exceptional competition.
“We just ran out of puff on the 5.5-year-old ewes, but with the season, they are harder to sell,” he said.
Mr Coleman said he could see the job staying strong.
“If the season continues to remain dry, I think we’ll see increased interest at the saleyards for stock to put onto failed crops,” he said.
Landmark Jamestown agent Shannon Jaeschke said despite there being a lot of sheep to sell in the 28,000-strong yarding, the auction held up well.
“As we’ve seen so far this season, whether on AuctionsPlus or in the market, better sheep that could be joined early made very good money, while it’s tougher on the sheep in lighter condition,” he said.
The tops of the 2.5yo ewe section were 135 Mernowie-blds from NW,BA,BS&MK Groves, Booleroo Centre, that made $248.
A dispersal of 2.5yo ewes from JP Wood, Orroroo, 159 Ridgway Advance-blds, sold for $176.
Making the highest price for 3.5yo ewes was Attunga Family Trust, Telowie, with 240 East Bungaree-blds at $190.
Cottrell & Mullighan, Clare, made the highest return for 4.5yo ewes, with 214 at $214. Also selling 4.5yo ewes were DL,NH&IC Gibb, Jamestown, with 274 Gum Hill-blds at $168, sold to Landmark Kingscote, and KA&KJ Burford, Gulnare, with 106 at $164 sold to Landmark Kimba.
The tops of the 5.5yo ewes went to G&K Hayes, Redhill, with 102 Mullloorie-blds at $146, while Narrioota sold 100 at $136.
GS,DK,CM&SL Goodes, Jamestown, sold 252, 5.5yo ewes for $142 to Spence Dix & Co Meningie.
After topping the woolly lamb section of last month’s Jamestown market, CS&AM Simpson also made the highest price this time, with 200 Gum Hill-blds at $145.
The second-highest price for woolly lambs was $140 for a line of 287 from Wirrilla Holdings, while Woodleigh Props, Melrose, sold 100 woolly Rices Creek-blds for $126.
Watunga Props, Kapunda, sold 400 September-shorn, April/May 2018-drop Glenowie-bld wethers for $104 to Elders Bordertown.
AD&KJ McDonald, Kimba, had 100 March/April 2016-drop Greenfields-bld wethers sell for $117.
Crossbred lambs sold to $110 for 194 from Rocky View Pastoral Co, Wirrabara, while DW&DM Williams, Carrieton, sold 541 crossbreds at $108. AB&MC Tohl, Mannanarie, had 221 crossbreds sell at $106.
The next Jamestown is next Thursday, October 4, with an expected yarding of 16,000.