Southern NSW farmers re-write the record books again selling Australian White ewes for $994 a head

Records are made to the broken and the Adler family made short work of the high price they set just seven days ago when they sold their Australian White ewes for $988 a head.

Colin and Rosemary Adler who farm at Barmedman in southern NSW offered 60 station-mated-ewes on AuctionsPlus this week, with a draft of 20 ewes selling for a staggering $994 a head.

It is understood this is a record commercial ewe price for Australian White breed and for AuctionsPlus.

A pen of Australian White ewes standing in a pen
The Adler family’s 60 station-mated ewes were in demand and commanded a combined 595 bids across the three lots. (Supplied: AuctionsPlus)

The remaining 40 head sold for $992 a head.

The ewe lambs were nine to 11 month old and weighed on average 55.9 kilograms (liveweight).

The ewes were joined to Tattykeel rams and were Tattykeel Certified Australian White commercial blood ewes.

The ewes were in demand with AuctionsPlus recording combined 595 bids across the three lines, with all lots clearing the reserve by well over $300 each.

AuctionsPlus reported the 60 ewes were sold in three lots and were all bought by Victorian buyers.

White sheep standing in sheep yards.
Last week Colin and Rosemary Adler sold this draft of 41, August 2020-drop ewes that were scanned-in-lamb for $988 a head.(Supplied: Listing agent QPL Rural Property and Livestock)

They were sisters to last weeks run of 41 scanned-in-lamb ewes the Adlers sold for $988 a head and bought by a Condobolin farmer.

‘Good result’

AuctionsPlus chief economist Tim McRae said last week’s result was a very pleasant surprise and this week’s result was the cream on top.

“People are willing to pay record prices to get their hands on these genetics,” Mr McRae said.

He said the ewes were scanned undetectable of a lamb in early May and were then rejoined to Tattykeel Australian White rams.

“They were station-mated so it was a riskier decision for buyers, so it’s obviously a genetics buy and it’s an indication of where buyers want to be taking their own flocks on-farm,” Mr McRae said.

Mr McRae said based on sales from the online auction platform last week restocker pregnant ewes were in demand with almost a 100 per cent clearance rate.

He said the 8,000 head of scanned-in-lamb (SIL) Merino ewes they sold averaged $254 a head and the 2000 SIL shedding ewes they sold averaged $480 a head.

“While the bulk of ewes aren’t being sold for anywhere near the record prices, there is still very strong demand and the optimism out there from producers is very strong in the middle of winter,” Mr McRae said.

As far as Mr McRae was aware the Adlers  did not have any more ewes ready to market.