PRICES were a reflection of quality and the drier season at the annual Kyneton first-cross ewe sale today.With buyers and vendors braving the 40C and dusty conditions first-cross Border Leicester-Merino ewes were cheaper on the pre-Christmas sales at Kyneton.
In a big yarding of 12,000, 1 1/2-year-old ewes sold to a top of $160, while the first-cross ewe lambs sold to $144.
Elders Kyneton manager Brendan Coxon said the top end of the 1 1/2-year-old ewes and the ewe lambs sold well to good competition but secondary ewe lines were a struggle to shift.
Don Younger, from Morundah, in NSW, topped the sale for the third year in a row with his 211, first-cross ewes, which were judged best presented pen of the sale and sold for $160.
There was a noticeable lack of local competition with buyers active from Leongatha, Hamilton, Ballarat and the Gippsland.