SUCCESSFUL PURCHASE: Elders Hamilton agent Ian Button (right) with client Neville Barnes, Coleraine, and a pen of three and a half year old first cross ewes. PHOTOS: Dianna Branson.

Hamilton sheep prices remain firm

Rates at the Hamilton store ewe sale were firm, with two and a half year old cross breds achieving $206, in a yarding of about 2000 sheep.

LMB Livestock’s Bernie Grant said the there was a small number of one and a half year old ewes, with older sheep selling to firm rates.

SALE OBSERVERS: Greg McAdam, Southern Grampians councillor and Des Mansbridge were snapped observing the sale, which agents said returned firm prices.

One and a half year old ewes sold to $189, while Salamanca Pastoral Trust two and a half year olds went for up to $206.

SMALLER YARDING: Salamanca Pastoral Trust, Hotspur, and Western District Pastoral, Willaura, were among the bigger vendors, for the small yarding at Hamilton.

The Salamanca Coopworth/Corriedale cross, August-September 2015 drop ewes, topped the market. Landmark’s Tim Jewell said Waratana one and a half year old composite ewes, Yarram Park bld, sold to $186.

Landmark also offered Newlyn Pastoral first cross, South Australian bred ewe lambs, which sold for $190 to a Hamilton buyer.

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