PRIME SHEEP REPORT
Most weights and grades were represented in a fair quality yarding though there were a lot of small tidy up lots mixed throughout. Not all the regular buyers were present with the absence of a couple of southern operators.
Light weight lambs to the processors were $2 to $4 cheaper selling from $104 to $170/head. The lighter trade lambs were $3 cheaper, while the heavier trade weights were $4 to $6/head easier. The trade lambs sold from $160 to $200/head to average from 780c to 830c/kg cwt.
Heavy weight lambs were up to $9 cheaper selling from $195 to $255/head to average from 750c to 780c/kg cwt. Merino lambs were also cheaper with trade weights selling to $165 while a single small pen of heavy weights sold to $232/head. Restocker lambs were firm, selling from $80 to $173, while a pen of first cross ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $240/head.
Hoggets sold to $201/head.
Numbers were up considerably for a plainer quality yarding of mutton where most grades sold at firm rates with the restockers playing a large part in keeping the market at a level. Merino ewes sold from $80 to $238 while crossbred ewes sold from $150 to $240/head. Merino wethers sold to $243/head.
The restockers were very active on suitable lines of crossbred ewes paying from $117 to $259/head.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia).