Agents are forecasting a strong result at Friday’s Benalla Special Sheep Sale as 12500 ewes, lambs and rams are readied to go under the hammer.
The joint Rodwells and Landmark sale has attracted 51 vendors for the 12.30pm sale at Benalla Saleyards.
Rodwells’ John Gregory said a strong market had ensured there was plenty of optimism about the impending sale.
‘‘The way the lamb market has been going, it’s given a lot of people a lot of confidence in restocking their sheep,’’ he said.
‘‘It has been very buoyant at this stage.’’
The growing confidence appears to have been reflected in this year’s figures with an additional 2500 sheep up for sale and 13 additional vendors joining the sale compared to last year.
Tarcombe Herefords’ Tim Hayes, who has been participating in the sale for almost a decade, will offer up 420 18-month-old first cross ewes and said he was cautiously optimistic considering the strong results form other sales.
‘‘We’re expecting pretty similar results to last year,’’ he said.
‘‘You never know though, this market has been fairly hard to read. Lamb prices are really high, so they can kind of justify paying a bit for ewes.’’
Mr Gregory encouraged everyone to attend the sale and said he hoped it would draw a good crowd.
‘‘So long as we have as good a sale as last year we’ll be more than satisfied,’’ he said.