PRIME SHEEP REPORT
With the run of frosts and the continuing dry conditions numbers lifted by 3245. Once again there were some outstanding heavy weight lambs yarded along with only odd pens of neat trade lambs.
There were some fair runs of Merino lambs along with some well finished exotic lambs.
The usual field of buyers were in attendance and operating.
Trade lambs were around firm selling from $140 to $198 to average between 775c and 790c/kg cwt. Heavy weight lambs under 30kg were $5 to $7 dearer while the extra heavy weights were $6/head cheaper. 24kg to 30kg lambs sold from $189 to $236 to average between 745c and 770c/kg cwt. Lambs over 30kg sold from $235 to $280 to average 745c/kg cwt.
Merino lambs were firm with the trade weights selling from $146 to $184 while a pen of heavy weights sold for $190/head. Restocker lambs were around firm selling from $100 to $180 while a pen of young first cross ewe lambs sold also for $180/head. Hoggets sold to $240/head.
It was a mostly good quality yarding of mutton where the ewes were $4 to $8 cheaper and the wethers were up to $17/head dearer on quality. Merino ewes sold from $80 to $200 while crossbred ewes sold from $132 to $240/head. Merino wethers sold from $118 to $230/head.
Carcass prices ranged from 605c to 670c/kg cwt. The restockers paid $125 and $126/head for Merino ewes.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia)