PRIME SHEEP & LAMB REPORT
Up to 40mm of weekend rain in some districts reduced numbers considerably on the expected draw. It was a good quality yarding with good numbers of heavy weight lambs along with a better selection of trade weights. There were also some good runs of well finished new season lambs along with some good Merinos. Most of the regular buyers were in attendance and operating.
Light weight lambs to the processors were $12 dearer with the 12kg to 18kg 2 scores selling from $128 to $155/head. Trade lambs were $17 dearer and more in places with the trade weight old lambs selling from $155 to $188/head to average between 725c and 770c/kg cwt. Trade weight new season lambs were up to $23 dearer selling from $170 to $195/head. Heavy weight lambs were firm to $5 dearer with the 24kg to 30kg lambs selling from $166 to $196 while the lambs over 30kg sold from $206 to $220/head to average around 650c/kg cwt.
Merino lambs were $9 to $15 dearer with the trade weights selling from $145 to $179/head. A single pen of first cross ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $230/head. Hoggets sold to $180/head.
The rain also effected mutton numbers with a yarding of mostly good quality sheep. The medium weight sheep were firm to $3 dearer while the heavy weight sheep were $6 to $7/head cheaper. Merino ewes sold from $90 to $176 while crossbred ewes sold from $105 to $182/head.
Merino wethers sold to $170/head. The restockers were active on suitable lines of ewes paying from $156 to $169 for Merinos and $171/head for crossbreds.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia)