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'Ponies' bring top price

GEOFF Weston had plenty to smile about after last week’s Bendigo sheep sales.

The Wedderburn Junction farmer topped the sale price for crossbred ewes with an average of $298 for 95 head.

Bidding took Geoff’s pen to the day’s highest price, well ahead of other vendors on the day.

“It’s definitely the best price ever,” Geoff said.

“I sold some about the same time last year and got $290 for them, so I was fairly happy.”

The March-shorn lambs had been described by stock agents McKean McGregor an “exceptional pen of ponies”.

“We weighed each lamb before they were sent to market and the average weight was 82.5kg ... some were over 100kg,” Geoff said.

Before organising their sale through McKean McGregor’s livestock agent Will Holt, the lambs had flourished in what Geoff said was a good season.

“There were some exceptionally good rains and they had grazed on lucerne since weaning,” he said.

With his best price, Geoff had only one regret. He and wife Karen usually make sure they take a photograph of the mob headed to the saleyards. “Don’t know why but this time we completely forget about taking a photo,” he said.

Geoff runs 3000 head and breeds Merinos for his self-replacing flock.

He has been farming since leaving school almost 50 years ago and the 2000-hectare property is augmented by the lease of another 800 hectares.

The property is also used for growing grain crops.

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