Numbers were up by approximately 2500 head at yesterday’s prime sheep market.
There were varying trends through the lambs. Light weight young lambs attracted both restocker and processor competition selling on a firm to slightly dearer market.
Well finished crossbred lambs saw strong price gains on the better quality lambs that also showed an increase in weight.
Plain condition old lambs sold to cheaper trends. Well finished crossbred and Merino lambs sold to dearer trends, quality and weight contributing.
The limited supply of heavy and extra heavy weight lambs sold to a dearer trend with weight increases accounting for some significant price improvement.
The quality and condition of the sheep on offer was very mixed with all fat classes represented. There was increased competition and strong demand from processors for well finished medium and heavy weights. Restockers and processors were active on the plain condition light weights, while restockers competed on Merino ewes suitable to breed on.
Market trends were dearer throughout with significant price gains on the well finished lines. The plainer condition sheep market was firm to slightly dearer.
(Source: Meat and Livestock Australia)