Young ewes to $248
5.5yo ewes to $170
Wethers to $163
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.
Landmark Jamestown livestock agent Shannon Jaeschke said the "lamb job" had remained very strong for the past few months.
"Ewe prices came back because most local graziers have already put rams out with ewes," he said.
"Prices for ewes were still strong but some lacked condition which also pulled prices back."
Mr Jaeschke said local buyers were the most active at the sale, but interstate buyers and processors were also "very strong".
"Older breeding sheep were once again bought by processors because the mutton job is strong, but a lack of demand from restockers had also attributed," he said.
Young ewes topped at $248 for 123 Nyowee-blood April/May 2018-drop September-shorn ewes from TH&YA Correll, Woolumbool, that sold to Elders Jamestown.
Herdale Trust, Jamestown, made the $240 second-highest price for 140 August/September 2018-drop Springvale-bld ewes that sold to Landmark Jamestown and MA Kelly Pty Ltd, Jamestown, offered 160 Hamilton Run-bld ewes that made $228 to Landmark Jamestown.
Kimric Enterprises, Riverton, made $226 for 150 May/June 2018-drop Rices Creek ewes that sold to Landmark Melrose.
Thirty Greenfield-bld, May/June 2017/16-drop ewes from GM Wilson & JJ Longmire, Willway, made $222 and the same vendor offered a further 96 ewes that made $218.
Three-year-old ewes made to $168 for 100 Greenfields-blds from AJ, JM, JD&CA Polden, and LJ&GM Warmington, Wirrulla, made $145 for 100 May-shorn Maramville-blds.
In the 5.5 year-old ewe section, WW&JM Scholz, Wudinna, made $170 for 114 September-shorn Glenville-blds and DW&DM Williams, Carrieton, made $162 for 243 Jaburee-bld ewes that sold to Thomas Foods International.
AB&MC Tohl & Sons, Jamestown, made $150 for 105 May/June 2014-drop Bradfield-blds.
Wirrilla Holdings, Georgetown, made the wether $163 top price for 400 April/May 2019-drop September-shorn Moorundie-blds that sold to Thomas Foods International.
The $151 second-highest price for 153, June/July 2019-drop Baderloo-blds from Crawford Park, Georgetown.
MH Blieschke, Melrose, sold 113, May/June 2019-drop Bradfield/Gum Hill wethers to Elders Bordertown for $150.
Crossbred lambs topped at $151 for 58 June/July 2019-drop White Suffolk/Merino Jardine-blds from Gowan Brae, Melrose, and the same vendor offered a further 98 XBL that made $148 and sold to Landmark Balaklava.
Schmidt Family Trust, Kapunda, made $146 for 180 August/September 2019-drop woolly WS/MO XBL and Truro vendors Walmona Pastoral made $140 for 170 October-shorn Koonawarra/Rices Creek-blds that sold to Landmark Jamestown.
Ewe lambs sold to $155 for 174, May/June 2019-drop wooly Barton Hill-blds from J Hilder & Son, Carrieton, that sold to TFI.
KG Honan, Jamestown, offered 245 East Bungaree-bld ewe lambs that made $150.
The next Jamestown sheep market will be held on January 16 but will be subject to numbers.