PRIME SHEEP AND LAMB REPORT
It was a very mixed yarding with some good heavy weight and trade weight lambs throughout. There were also large numbers of plainer quality lambs lacking weight.
Most of the regular buyers were operating except for a couple of small trade operators.
Light weight lambs to the processors were up to $10 cheaper with the 12kg to 18kg 2 scores selling from $115 to $143/head. Trade lambs were $5 to $7 cheaper selling from $138 to $185/head to average between 730c and 750c/kg cwt. Heavy weight lambs were up to $20 cheaper with the over 24kg 4 scores selling from $183 to $215/head to average between 610c and 675c/kg cwt. Merino lambs were $9 to $13 cheaper with the trade weights selling from $136 to $168/head. Restocker lambs were around firm selling from $153 to $177 while a line of well grown first cross ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $265/head.
Aussie White ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $254 and $276 while Merino lambs to the restockers sold from $103 to $133/head. Hoggets sold to $186/head.
It was a good quality yarding of mutton where most grades were $12 to $15/head cheaper. Merino ewes sold from $118 to $189 while
crossbred ewes sold from $145 to $192/head. Merino wethers sold from $120 to $170/head. Carcase prices for the better sheep ranged from $550c to 600c/kg cwt.
The restockers were active on suitable lines paying from $106 to $146/head for Merino ewes.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia)