30,000 breeding sheep on offer
•Young ewes: $54 to $166
•Breeding ewes: $35 to $150
•Wether lambs: $35 to $67
BREEDING ewe prices plunged hitting lows of $35 at the September 20 Jamestown market, while other prices were a far cry from the giddy highs at the same time last year.
Breeding ewes were back $10-$12, with secondary lines back up to $30.
And while prices were back as expected due to dry seasonal conditions and other local and interstate sheep markets, Landmark Jamestown's Don Cullen said values at Jamestown "held up well considering trends" and overall it was an "encouraging market".
Mr Cullen said the yarding was of a high quality from pastoral areas, Flinders Ranges, West Coast and local areas and presented good buying - particularly breeding ewes for restocking - for the largest crowd seen in many months.
He said the feature of the sale was the "well presented, large framed, fat conditioned" young ewes which sold to $166 - slightly dearer than the previous sale and up on expectations.
The $166 market toppers were a pen of 99 ewes, April/May 2011-drop, August shorn, Gumhill-blood, sold by CS&AM Simpson, Jamestown.
Mr Cullen said prices were firm to $5 dearer for larger lines of 2011-drop ewes which made between $110 and $150, with secondary lines falling $10-$12; and 2010-drop ewes, which made to $150.
"The 2012-drop shorn and woolly wether lambs were yarded in fresh forward to fat condition and sold to $67 being fully firm and up on expectations, while secondary lines were $5-$8 dearer," he said.
"Wethers were $5-$8 cheaper, with secondary lines back $8-$10."
"Crossbred lambs were up $8-$10 on recent Dublin markets, but were also of a better quality," he said.
The trade was represented by T&R Pastoral and Midfield Meats and Elders Jamestown's Scott Fleetwood said having an extra processor on hand helped competition on the wether lambs.
He also said the best ewes still sold well and many went to Broken Hill and Swan Hill, just not quite in the same numbers as previous markets.
As market goers walked the last pens, ominous dark clouds rolled in, but the few splatters of rain which ensued was just a tease to local farmers looking for substantial moisture to boost crops and feed stocks.
The next market will be October 4 and be held fortnightly in the coming months.
Jumbuck Pastoral Company was the largest vendor of the day offering more than 7000 sheep from Mount Victor and McCoy's Well Stations in the North East pastoral country, based on North Ashrose bloodlines.
Mount Victor Station, Yunta, sold 652 wethers April/May 2012-drop, August shorn, at $46, and 644 at $42, with secondary lines making $38, and 587 April 2010-drop wethers at $54, and 421 at $47.
Mt Victor also sold 432 ewes, April/May 2011-drop, August shorn, between $54 and $80 and 922 2006-drop ewes at $38.
McCoy's Well, Yunta, sold 644 wethers, February/March 2012-drop, August shorn, at $42 with secondary lines making $34. McCoy's Well also sold 556 April/May 2010-drop wethers between $48 and $54 and 286 2011-drop ewes at $64.
Merngenia Station, Peterborough, sold 578 wethers, April/May 2012-drop, August shorn, F1 Dohne Hamilton Run-blood at $57, with secondary lines making between $35-$49. Merngenia also sold 454 2011-drop ewes, at $79.
TB&JG Laskey, Morchard, sold 529 wether lambs April/May 2012-drop , August shorn, $67 and 285 2011-drop ewes, Fairdale-blood, at $154.
Ulooloo, Hallett, sold 388 wethers F3/F4 Dohne, April/May 2012-drop, Woolly, Ulooloo-blood, at $61.50
TA&DA Phelps, Peterborough, sold 511 wethers, March/April 2012-drop, March shorn, Brafield-blood, at $60
Wirrilla Holdings, Georgetown, sold 305 wether lambs April/May 2012-drop woolly, Baderloo-blood, at $59.
Gowan Brae, Port Germain, sold 76 wethers, March/April 2012-drop, August shorn, East Bungaree-blood, at $52, and 69 2012-drop ewes at $58.
Illalangi, Wilmington, sold 215 wethers, April/May 2012-drop, July shorn, Oorama Dohne-blood, at $51.50.
RN Bailey & Co, Oodla Wirra, sold 355 wethers, September/October 2011-drop, July shorn, Springvale North-blood, at $46.50, and 190 2011-drop ewes at $78.
TG&AF Mercer & Co, Peterborough, sold 221 wethers, August/September 2011-drop, July shorn, Brafield-blood, at $39, and 87 2006-drop ewes at $35.
PDL Thomas, Gulnare, sold 151 ewes, June 2011-drop, August shorn, Balderoo-blood, at $162.
DR Greig, Willowie, sold 259 ewes, May/June 2011-drop, July shorn, Glenstrae-blood, at $158.
Baynes Brothers, Jamestown, sold 150 ewes, April/May 2011-drop July shorn, Ridgeway Advance-blood, at $140.
DM Scott & Co, Clare, sold 250 ewes, April/May 2011-drop, August shorn, Nyowee-blood, at $138, and 264 2007-drops at $88.
Yednalue Props, Carrieton, sold 551 ewes, June/July 2011-drop, April shorn, Balderloo and Mernowie-blood, at $126.
J&B Rowe, Carrieton, sold 553 ewes, June/July 2011-drop, September shorn, Greenfields-blood, at $120, with a further 553 EWES making $118.
Kanyaka Props, Hawker, sold 395 ewes, June/July 2011-drop, August shorn, East Bungaree-blood at $106, and 466 woolly 2012-drop wethers at $51.
Willippa Pastoral, Blinman, sold 286 ewes, April/May 2011-drop, September shorn, North Cowie-blood, at $60
BT&KS Williams, Orroroo, sold 139 ewes, May/June 2011-drop, August shorn, Springvale North-blood, at $100.
R&J Reichstein & Sons, Appila, sold 92 ewes, September/October 2010-drop, July shorn, Glenville-blood, at $150.
Cottrell & Mulligan, Snowtown, sold 185 ewes, April/May 2008-drop, March shorn, One Oak-blood, at $104.
RJ&AJ Bury, Wilmington, sold 143 ewes, April/May 2007-drop, August shorn, Jaburee-blood, at $87.
GK, JL&JK Noll, Wilmington, sold 217 ewes, 2007-drop, August shorn, Springvale North-blood, at $80.
BR&NA Clapp, Peterborough,sold 200 ewes, 2007/2008-drop, July shorn, Glenville-blood, at $70.
PW&NM Rowe, Streaky Bay, sold 165 ewes, 2007-2010-drop, scanned in Lamb to crossbred sire, July shorn, White River-blood, run with a White Suffolk ram, at $65.
MJ&CF Britza, Quorn, sold 210 ewes, April/May 2007-drop, March shorn, Anama-blood, at $62.
RH&SM Lang, Yatina, sold 138 ewes, April/May 2009-drop, July shorn, Bungaree-blood, at $60, and 186 2007/2008-drop ewes at $48.
GM Slee, Wilmington, sold 126 ewes, 2007-drop, July shorn, Orrie Cowie-blood at $53
RT&AJ Finlay, Quorn, sold 186 mixed age exes, September shorn, Anama-blood, at $46 and 132 2011-drop ewes at $72, and a further 221 April/May 2012-drop ewes at $40.
AC&H Michael, Quorn, sold 93 ewes, April/May 2012-drop ewes, woolly, Nyowee-blood, at $67 and a further 53 at $45.
DW&DM Williams, Carrieton, sold 301 crossbred lambs, May/June 2012-drop, September shorn at $75.
K Miller, Yongala, sold 248 crossbred lambs, May/June 2012-drop, woolly lambs at $70.