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By AMANDA BOWES

As temperatures rose, so did prices for the first day of the Hawarden Ewe Fair on Tuesday.

Two tooths and capital stock were on offer and prices ranged from $130 to $190.

DBD Graziers from Rotherham were pleased with the price for their pen of 98 two tooths which fetched $176.

Around 18,000 ewes were on offer and sheep were in top condition which was a testament to the dedication of the farmers given three years of drought in many areas.

While most sheep presented were cross bred, there were some top straight corriedales which met with enthusiastic bidding.

A large line of first cross merino ewes sparked a bidding war and the big framed two tooths sold for $178.

The crowds were less than last year which made it pleasant for those watching, buying, selling or auctioneering. Recent rain also meant the usual dust that swirls around during the sale was held at bay.