Ewe beauty: Quade family claim Glamis Shield

Matt Goady, Helen Quade, Ruth Klingner, Murray Brown, Colin Quade and Norm Haley with the Glamis Shield. The winning pen sold for $282.
Matt Goady, Helen Quade, Ruth Klingner, Murray Brown, Colin Quade and Norm Haley with the Glamis Shield. The winning pen sold for $282.

A high level of quality was seen at Forbes' annual first cross ewe sale on Thursday January 9, with the Quade family claiming the Glamis Shield.

Approximately 9,000 first cross ewes were yarded at the Central West Livestock Exchange for the annual sale.

Judge Ruth Klingner from Ridgehaven said everyone who presented ewes at the sale did an amazing job getting them to a good standard.

"The breeders have done an amazing job getting [the ewes] up to where they are considering the poor conditions," Mrs Klingner said.

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

Ms Klingner said the Quade family's winning pen were the best presented, with the biggest and heaviest ewes along with a very even line.

Helen Quade said it was a huge effort preparing the ewes, particularly due the current dry conditions.

She added all of the sheep yarded all looked incredible, especially considering the conditions.

Ms Quade said she was happy with the win and the sale, which topped $282.

Adam Chudleigh of McCarron Cullinane Chudleigh said the first cross ewe sale saw a very solid competition for the season it has been.

"A lot of work has gone into the sheep that have been presented today in a very tough season and it's an absolute credit to all of our vendors for the work they have put in," Mr Chudleigh said.

Troff Pastoral Company topped the market on the day with their 100% Border Leicester / Merino ewe lambs with a price of $360.

Mr Chudleigh said that is quite a significant achievement as he doesn't believe ewe lambs have made over $330 in previous sales at the Central West Livestock Exchange.

These March / April drop ewe lambs were very well grown, weighing 66 to 67kg, Mr Chudleigh said.

The middle run of joinable ewe lambs fetched $240 to $270 consistently with buyers coming from all over the region and beyond.

There was also a good run of scanned in lamb sheep who made $330 to $340, Mr Chudleigh said, and the light ewe lambs sold strongly up to $170 or $180.

"It was a pleasing market," Mr Chudleigh said.