A BRIMPAEN sheep producer broke the Australian record price for prime lambs on Wednesday.
Rodwell’s manager Wayne Driscoll said Luke and Rachel Dunn’s pen of 108 lambs went for the seasonal record price of $200 a head.
The previous record was $193 a head.
“They had a magnificent draft of 260 lambs,” Mr Driscoll said.
“The top 108 went for $200 a head and the second 152 went for $192 a head.”
He said records were set for each season.
“In 2011, lambs got up to about $250 – so each season sets its own record,” he said.
He said he thought this season’s record would have been broken on Thursday at Wagga Wagga.
“They got to $197 there, so it was close,” he said.
“Luke and Rachel are able to hold onto their record a bit longer.”
Mr Driscoll said the couple deserved to get good prices for their stock.
“The stock were presented outstandingly well – they were all very heavy,” he said.
Mr Dunn’s property was hit by the Grampians bushfire.
“The fire pretty much went right through my farm,” he said.
After the fire, he said he had to dispose of five rams and 141 in-lamb ewes.
He said fortunately the lambs he sold on Wednesday were off on agistment before the fire.
“We were rapt with the result,” he said.
“They were magnificent lambs and had been in near perfect condition since birth.”
Mr Driscoll said a shortage of lambs on the eastern seaboard was causing high prices across the region.
“There has been a flow-on effect and we are seeing the benefits,” he said.
“These good prices should continue for a while to come.”
He said the strong market was terrific for producers.
“Cropping has taken precedence lately – particularly this year.
“Lots of people are talking about cropping, but these sorts of prices will get people thinking about livestock,” he said.