Big ewe sale a success

HAPPY BUYERS: Nick Block and Blair O’Toole with the ewes they purchased at the top price of $180 a head. Picture: Brigid AuchettlA large yarding of6500 pure Coopworth ewes were offered for sale onFriday in the final sheep sale for the property owners.

The flock dispersal sale, near Woolsthorpe,attracted a sizable crowd.

About 2000 lambs were also up for auction.

The auction started at Kuleah Sheep Yards and concluded at the Quamby EastSheep Yards.

Property owner and seller Jim Robinson said prices gained during thesales were “quite satisfactory” given the year.

“Given the depth of breeding, prices could have been better in places.

“But overall it was quite satisfactory,” he said.

Mr Robinson had been on the land at Kuleahfor 20 years until recently retiringfrom the farm and movingto Port Fairy with his wife.

The Robinson family –Jim, Sue and their sons Sam and Alex –sold their farming property to the family ofMidfield Group founder Colin McKennaabout two months ago.

“Midfield will be using the land to hold their cattle,” Mr Robinson said.

Friday’s sales werethe lastlots of sheep to be soldat Kuleah Sheep Yards.

Brian O’Halloran & Colivestock agent Phil Bohan said thesale drew anexcellent crowd.

“Considering how dry the season has been, it all went very well,” he said.

“It was a real credit to the vendors.”

Nick Block of Minhamiteand Saffin Kerr Bowen Rodwells’Blair O’Toolepurchased 312 head of one-and-a-half year-old ewes for the top price of the day at $180 a head.

A second lot of one-and-a-half year-old ewes gainedbetween $138 and$166 a head.

A mob of 290two-and-a-half year-old ewes sold for a top price of $162,which went to McRae family of Hawksdale.

The three-and-a-half year-old ewes sold to a top price of $148.

The ewe lambs on offer sold fora top price of $108. The lot of 322 went to Colin Jellie at Derrinallum.

The property’s cattle will be offered for saleduring March.

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