MERINO wethers sold to $65 at the inaugural Paraway Merino wether sale near Coleambally today.Paraway brought 2012-drop wether progeny from four of its properties - Cooinbil, Borambil, Mungadal and Steam Plains - to sell collectively at the Cooinbil woolshed yards.
And with the sale interfaced with Auctionsplus, it meant sheep went as far away as Longreach in Queensland, as well as to Wagga Wagga, Bendigo and Ballarat buyers.
Processors were active, with T and R Pastoral's Paul Leonard buying the first two pens of woolly wether lambs which weighed an estimated 17.6kg and 16.3kg for $65 and $60.
Midfield operated on lighter lambs, paying $47 and $46 for two pens which had estimated carcass weights of 13.5kg, and $47 on a sightly heavier pen predicted to kill out at 13.8kg.
But away from this, it was producers who underpinned the sale.
The cheapest shorn wether lambs made $33.50 while woolly wether lambs sold down to $34.
And while no records were set, the offering of about 24,000 wether lambs mainly sold between $35-$50.
Crawford Dowling's Paul Constable from Ballarat travelled up to buy the lambs despite the interfacing with Auctionsplus.
"I like to be able to see what I am buying for clients," he said.
Mr Constable said the prices were on budget for his two clients at Clunes and Creswick, and took into consideration there may not be a boat trade to sell into.
"You need to be prepared to buy thinking there may not be a boat trade to sell the wethers into," he said.
"If there is a trade, then that's a bonus."
Elders Auctionsplus manager Peter Rollason was kept busy on the phone, and at times was the only one bidding for sheep.
It made it a challenge for Elders auctioneer Jason Andrews, but most pens attracted interest and bidding from the crowd.
The sale was seen as a milestone for Paraway, one which they had dreamed of since establishing the network of stations across the Riverina.
It is believed the inaugural sale will now become an annual event.