Rodwells Benalla and Landmark Benalla are pleased with the results of the Benalla Special Sheep Sale on November 17, with strong prices for the 12500 sheep that went up for sale.
Although a smaller number of buyers attended than in recent years, most of the sheep were sold to repeat buyers who made the most of the sale.
Rodwells Benalla vendors Tarcombe Herefords offered 440 first-cross, one-and-a-half-year-old Border Leicester/Merino ewes that sold to a sale high of $326/head to Jamie Beckingsale of Rodwells in Mansfield.
The second run of the ewes were sold for $300/head to Daniel Craddock of Corcoran Parker in Mansfield.
Breeders Tony and Anne Mort were presented with a sash for the Best Presented Pen for their one-and-a-half-year-olds in the sale.
Their 237, September-shorn, first-cross ewes sold for $280/head to four Mansfield buyers, while Benalla property River Gem received a top price of $278 for its 900 one-and-a-half-year-old ewes.
A small number of rams were offered at the sale, with Graeme Hooper of Goorambat offering 13 Poll Dorset rams that fetched a top price of $1200.
Landmark Benalla sold a total of 3668 sheep, with 790 going unsold.
The only ewes and lambs lot achieved an average of $259 for 111 sheep, with the 1375 one-and-a-half-year-old ewes selling for an average of $240.
Ewe lambs achieved the next best average for Landmark’s sales, with 1769 ewe lambs sold for an average of $156, with 121 Merino ewes averaging $100 each.
‘‘It was a very good sale, a bit flatter through the middle of the one-and-a-half-year-old ewes, but ewe lambs sold to a top of 236 with a pretty good average,’’ Rodwells Benalla branch manager Justin Way said.
‘‘There was good support within the local area and across the Goulburn Valley,’’ Mr Way said.
‘‘It was probably the best line-up of sheep the vendors have supplied in 10 years, it was outstanding.
‘‘Overall, it was a good result without being an excellent result.’’