FIRST-cross ewes sold to $164 at Landmark's annual sheep and lamb sale today.
Repeat buyer, Landmark agent Rob Lovell for Muston Creek, Caramut, paid the price - $76 less than he paid last year - for 100 1-1/2 year-old November shorn first-cross ewes from Tandara, Coleraine.
Tandara co-principal Craig Grant said he was happy with the $164 price tag.
"I thought they might have been around $130 to $140, but the same bloke as last year bought them."
Tandara's second run of 188 ewes sold for $140 to Jim Youl at Yambuk.
Killiekrankie sold 178 1-1/2 year-old first-cross ewes for $160, another 153 for $150 and 47 spring 2010-drop ewes for $156. Glenetive sold their draft of 130 1-1/2 year-old first-cross ewes for $150.
Composite ewes made to $143 for 95 1-1/2 year-old ewes from Wando Hills and Springfield sold their Coopworth-cross ewes - 136 1-1/2 year-olds and 114 2-1/2 year-olds - for $124 to Geoff Parker and Sons from Yeo. Older Coopworth ewes sold to $102.
Hamilton's Scott Herrmann paid $92 for Kanimbla's first run of 96 first-cross ewe lambs, with another 88 making $89 to a Landmark Casterton client.
"It is always good to get more, but you've got to meet the market," Kanimbla principal David Jaeschke from Wannon said.
Agents yarded about 14,000 store sheep, plus 12,000 prime sheep, for the sale that was held in 40C.
The mutton and store lambs that sold comparable to this week's reduced prime market rates.
Heavy crossbred ewes made to $42 and old Merino wethers sold to $65.