BUYERS at Jamestown had a smaller yarding to bid on at last week's sheep market, causing solid competition between processors and restockers who battled it out for stock.
About 5500 sheep and lambs were yarded for the second market of the year, with scanned-in-lamb young ewes making $292.
With an average weight of 67.3 kilograms, the run of 52 Kamoora/Netley Park-blood 1.5 year-old ewes were offered by Baynes Brothers, Jamestown, and snapped up by Spence Dix & Co Clare.
AP&GA Moore, Caltowie, made $250 for 130 July/August 2020-drops that averaged 75.6kg.
The Baderloo-blds had been running with White Suffolk rams and sold to Nutrien Ag Solutions Jamestown.
John and Pam Staker, Whyte Yarcowie, offered a full flock dispersal and made $247 for 135, SIL June/July 2020-drop Babirra-blds.
The run averaged 65.1kg and had been running with Dohne rams from December 6 until January 17 and sold to Nutrien Ag Kimba.
The Staker family also made $250 for 90 SIL 2019-drop Babirra-bld ewes that had also been running with Dohne rams to Elders Burra.
Three-and-a-half year-old ewes made to $200 for 118 Babirra-blds from the Staker family.
The SIL ewes averaged 86.6kg and had been running with Poll Merino rams and sold to Spence Dix & Co.
A part flock dispersal from Agars Trading offered 172 September 2018-drop ewes that made $180 to Spence Dix & Co.
SIL ewes continued to make good money, with an average sized run of 144, 2017-drops from Kumnick Props, Booleroo Centre, making $226 to Nutrien Ag Jamestown.
The Springvale North-blds weighed an average of 80kg.
The Staker family made $200 for 96 SIL 2017-drops that averaged 81.4kg and sold to Spence Dix & Co.
The same vendor topped the 2016-drop ewe section, making $200 for 71 SIL Babirra-blds averaging 87.8kg that sold to Elders Jamestown.
Nutrien Ag Solutions Jamestown auctioneer Shannon Jaeschke said the lamb job trended a bit softer.
"That was off the back of ranging quality, a lot of lambs came from the pastoral areas.
"The breeding ewe job, in particular scanned in lamb ewes, offered buyers the confidence to lay out the money."
Mr Jaeschke said station maiden sheep or unjoined ewes were either side of firm.
"Certain age groups made slightly stronger returns depending on what buyers were looking for."
The wether section was strong and inline with other sheep markets, reaching a top of $156 for a larger run of 249 lambs.
The Karawatha-blds were snapped up by active bidder, Princess Royal.
Wether returns retracted, dropping away to $130 for 150 November-shorn Rices Creek-blds from PG Higgins that went the same way.
Crossbred lambs made to $179 for run of 120 White Suffolk/Merinos from Humphris Family Trust, Jamestown, that sold to Thomas Foods International.
The next market at Jamestown will be held on April 21.
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