Top quality and quantity for milestone first-cross ewe sale

Geoff Jones from Troff Pastoral has started off the year on a good note with being awarded the Glamis Shield for the third year in a row.

Approximately 20,000 first cross ewes were yarded at the Central West Livestock Exchange for the annual sale on Thursday, January 10.

It’s a milestone for the sale and the Glamis Shield, which marks its 40th year.

Judge Jenny Bradley from New Armatree Border Leicester Stud said the whole yarding was was a real credit to the producers, especially in the current conditions.

“The whole yarding, given the tough times, is a real credit to the producers,” she said.

The Glamis Shield is awarded to the best-presented pen of young ewes, as judged by an independent panel.

Geoff Jones from Troff Pastoral said he was a very happy and excited owner about the win and the results of the sale, with the winning pen of ewes fetching $322 a head.

This is the fourth time in the past seven years that Geoff Jones and Troff Pastoral have claimed the Glamis Shield.

“It’s something you dream of, particularly when it’s been so dry,” he said.

Mr Jones said his top pen of 230 ewes were from Border Leicester Rams and Darriwell Merino Ewes. 

The Glamis Shield winning pen was snapped up by Brian and Lorraine Frost of Hillden Pol Dorset Stud at Crookwell.

They plan to join them to their Pol Dorset rams for the export market.

Mr Jones said he would like to congratulate the other breeders on the quality of their ewes, which helps make it so competitive.

The yarding of 20,000 is a significant increase on the average for the annual sale, which Ms Bradley says is growing in size and reputation every year.

Buyers now attend from all over the State and Victoria as well.

The sale was established 40 years ago, and the Glamis Shield was introduced by Edgar Brown whose family continues to sponsor it.

This year the yarding for sale included ewes from Forbes district, Trundle, Eugowra, Grenfell, Cowra, Tottenham, West Wyalong, Young, Condobolin and the Parkes District.

The numbers represent a significant increase – agent Adam Chudleigh from McCarron Cullinane said it represents and increase of 5000 to 6000 head up on an average year.

Regular sales at the Central West Livestock Exchange recommenced Monday with the cattle sale.

Market reports on page 10 today.