PRIME SHEEP & LAMB REPORT
It was a plainer quality yarding with a larger percentage of small tidy up lots, though there were still good numbers of heavy weight lambs mixed throughout. There were a few pens of well finished new season lambs yarded, though the Merino lamb quality was back. Most of the regular buyers were in attendance and operating in a dearer market.
Trade lambs were $10 to $15 dearer with the old lambs selling from $122 to $163/head to average between 650c and 690c/kg cwt. Trade weight new season lambs were $4 to $7 dearer selling from $136 to $156/head to average between 660c to 720c/kg cwt. Heavy weight lambs were $9 to $14 dearer with the 24 to 30kg lambs selling from $150 to $191 while the lambs over 30kg sold from $176 to $200/head.
Heavy weight new season lambs sold from $157 to 160/head. Merino lambs were up to $13 dearer with the trade weights selling from $118 to $152 while heavy weight Merinos sold to $160/head. First cross ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $262 and hoggets sold to $165/head.
It was a mostly good quality yarding of mutton with most of the yarding in prime condition, where most grades were $11 to $14/head dearer.
Merino ewes sold from $100 to $180 while crossbred ewes sold to $165/head. Merino wethers sold from $95 to $198/head. Carcase prices for the better sheep ranged from 560c to 600c/kg cwt. The restockers paid from $117 to $162/head for White Dorper and Aussie White ewes.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia)