Store sale next Friday

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Sheep ranging in quality and condition are expected to be presented at the annual January Store Sheep Sale in Deniliquin next Friday.

Up to 30,000 head are expected to be offered for sale at Deniliquin Saleyards, with the sale starting at 11am.

Deniliquin Elders Rural Services livestock agent Jason Andrews said while the effects of the drought and low water availability will be evident at the sale, prices are still expected to be strong for the most well conditioned sheep.

‘‘They are holding up pretty well. Farmers have been supplementary feeding stock so we will have a range of conditions,’’ he said.

‘‘The feature line of sheep are the Coonong Station flock — Dohne ewes and depastured and scanned White Suffolks.

‘‘Prices can be expected to be up towards $200 for the better ewes, and around the mid-$40 to $60 range for bottom end ewes.’’

Mr Andrews said the sale will consist of first-cross ewes, Merino ewes and wethers and fattening lambs.

They are expected to come from properties in the Deniliquin area, and north of Hay and east of Jerilderie.

For the last two years the January Store Sheep Sale has been a major fundraiser for Deniliquin’s CanAssist branch, but the cancer charity has said it will not be at the sale this year due to the tough conditions being felt by producers.