By Kirra Grimes
SELLERS were pleasantly surprised by prices achieved at the latest sheep sale at Leongatha, with some pens selling for up to $10/head more than expected, based on market trends.
The relatively small yarding attracted the usual buyers, with meat processors Radford’s, Gathercole, Wagstaff, and stock agent Max Morrison dominating the bidding.
Sellers – including Strzelecki farmers Garry and Pam Tregenza at their first sale of the year – weren’t expecting too much, with drought still affecting the market.
But results didn’t disappoint, with some pens selling for an average of between $146 to $149/head.
“We’re very pleased with today’s prices,” said Mirboo farmer Michael Littlejohn, who attended the sale with his mother Bev, selling 119 trade lambs for between $145 and $153/head.
“The market’s been steady on trade lambs, so prices were stronger than we thought they’d be.
“They sold for about $10 more than we were expecting, going on the market. So hopefully that’s a good sign things are picking up.”