MERINO ewes struggled to crack the $100-mark at today's sale of about 17,000 sheep at Hay.A smaller than usual crowd attended the annual November sale of about 8000 ewes and 9000 wethers.
Lack of demand resulted in a $30-$50 drop in the price of young ewes since last month's sale.
Young Merino ewes made $69-$112, with just two pens topping $100, and five and six-year-old Merino ewes fetched $44-$79.
Merino wethers and lambs sold at $29-$65.50 and crossbred lambs fetched $40-$57.
A client of Landmark Echuca paid the day's top price for 503 June-July 2011-drop Tchelery blood, September shorn, ewes from Tchelery, at Moulamein.
Trade buyers were active on wethers and older ewes, helping to put a floor in the price for those classes of sheep.
Buyers came from Bendigo, Birchip, Deniliquin, Donald, Dubbo, Forbes, Gundagai, Hay, Holbrook, Jerilderie, Narrandera, Swan Hill, Warracknabeal and Yarrawonga.