Prime Sheep and Lamb report
It was a mostly plain quality yarding with only odd pens of well finished new season lambs and old lambs mixed throughout the yarding. The bulk of the yarding was made up of light weight new season lambs all being sold prematurely due to the season.
Light weight lambs to the processors were $8 to $12 cheaper with the 12-18kg 2 scores selling from $80 to $140/head. Trade lambs were $10 to $13 cheaper with the 18-24kg new season lambs selling from $135 to $180/head, to average from 730c to 765c/kg cwt.
Trade weight old lambs sold from $154 to $195/head. Heavy weight lambs were firm with the over 24kg old lambs selling from $190 to $230, while a pen of heavy weight new season lambs sold for $190/head. Merino lambs were $6 to $9 cheaper with the trade weight Merinos selling from $133 to $174/head.
Restocker lambs were firm to $4 cheaper with the better new season lambs selling from $82 to $140, while the very light young lambs sold from $26 to $55/head. Hoggets sold to $180/head.
There were some outstanding sheep along with the expected plainer types in a mixed yarding of mutton where most grades were $13 to $18/head cheaper. 2 score ewes sold from $50 to $116 while the better 3 and 4 score ewes sold from $95 to $200 for crossbreds and $192/head for Merinos.
Merino wethers sold to $185/head.
Carcass prices for the better sheep made from 525c to 575c/kg cwt.
Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia