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Pooginook blood ewes top Urana sale at $216

Urana Sheep Sale
These Pooginook blood ewes topped the Urana sheep sale at $216 for vendor Robert Dore, Urana.
Urana Sheep Sale
These Pooginook-blood ewes, 2008 drop and scanned with twins, topped the Urana sheep sale at $216.
Urana Sheep Sale
Pooginook-blood wethers, May-June 2011-drop and October shorn, sell for $101 at the Urana sheep sale.

6th April 2012

Pooginook blood ewes, scanned-in-lamb, topped the Urana Special Sheep sale at $216.
The pen of 172 June-July 2008 drop ewes, October shorn and Yarrabee bred, were scanned with twins to White Suffolk rams for an April lambing.

Offered by Andrew Dore, “Bimbadeen”, Urana, the ewes were snapped up for the top price of $216 by Urana restocker, Phillip Jones.

The ewes were the highlight of the 11,0000 head yarding at the 77th annual sale on February 10.

 Andrew Dore said his Pooginook blood ewes had scanned at 45 per cent twins, and had been running on stubbles and pasture after harvest.

“We are keeping our younger ewes for our self-replacing flock and these are surplus to our needs,’’ Mr Dore said. “Going into the sale I thought they would have sold for over $200 as they presented well.’’

Mr Dore sold their April-May drop White Suffolk-cross progeny over-the-hooks for $158 at nine to 10 months of age.

 “We have used Pooginook horned rams but are planning to switch over to polls,’’ he said. “We like the Pooginook open, free growing type sheep – they have soft handling wool on a big plain body.’’

Phillip Jones paid the top price to secure the Pooginook bloodlines.

 “I destocked through the drought and am now lifting numbers,’’ Mr Jones said. “I run 1300 Pooginook blood ewes at home and bought these specifically for that purpose. Their April lambing and October shearing fits around the same time as mine.’’

Mr Jones also paid $208 for 148 Pooginook blood ewes, June-July 2008 drop and October shorn, and scanned-in-lamb with singles to White Suffolk rams.

“I recently sold White Suffolk-cross lambs from my own ewes to average $146 in the Wagga Wagga yards,’’ he said.

Andrew Dore also sold wether weaners, Pooginook blood and May-June drop, which had been running on stubble and barley in self-feeders.

“They were around trade weights of 20-22kg which is good for Merinos,’’ he said.

The pen of 418, December shorn, was bought for $101 by Victorian restocker Terry Barry, of Culgoa. Mr Barry said the wethers were “well bred’’ and would be used to graze cereal stubbles. “I was pretty happy with the price as I was expecting to pay around the $100,’’ he said. “I will keep these wethers for a couple of months and see how things pan out.’’


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