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IT might not quite be the heady highs of a few years ago when scanned-in-lamb Dorper ewes were making over $200/head, but Blackall's Ranald and Rachel Nobel were still delighted to see their Dorper-cross ewes make $153/head on AuctionsPlus last week.

The line of 908 one to two-year-old ewes scanned in lamb were snapped up by an Augathella breeder with wild dog exclusion fencing in place.

The sale follows that of the mob's three to four-year-old sisters for $102/head a month earlier in what is a forced destocking brought on by ongoing drought for the Nobles, who have been concentrating on a meat sheep operation at Tarbarah, south west of Blackall, since 2006.

Rachel Noble said this week that while it had been a difficult decision to sell their young breeding stock, they were very proud of what they had presented for sale.

"They are incredibly suited to this environment and we've put a lot into their breeding," she said.

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