PRIME SHEEP REPORT
With solid falls of rain in some areas over the past few days, numbers were back by 4,300. It was a mixed yarding with the expected heavy weight lambs penned along with the odd trade weights.
There was also a larger percentage of secondary lambs down from Queensland, along with good numbers of Merino hoggets. Not all the regular buyers were operating in a mostly cheaper market.
Trade lambs were $3 to $5 cheaper with the shorn lambs selling from $152 to $188/head to average between 735c and 775c/kg cwt. Heavy weight lambs were up to $14 cheaper with the shorn lambs weighing between 24kg and 30kg lambs selling from $177 to $228 while the lambs over 30kg lambs sold for $232 and $234/head.
Merino lambs were up to $8 cheaper with the trade weights selling from $150 to $172, while a single pen of heavy weight Merinos sold for $195/head. Lambs to the restockers were up to $10 dearer selling from $148 to $185, while a pen of Merino ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $187/head.
Very light Merino ram lambs sold to the restockers for $99/head. Merino hoggets sold from $158 to $190 while crossbred hoggets sold to $203/head.
There were some very good sheep along with a few plainer types in a mixed yarding of mutton where the light and medium weight sheep were $4 to $6 dearer and the heavy weights were up to $18/head cheaper.
Merino ewes sold from $96 to $203 while crossbred ewes sold from $122 to $220/head. Merino wethers sold from $140 to $200/head. Carcase prices ranged from 635c to 665c/kg cwt. The restockers paid from $125 to $160 for Merino ewes and $150/head for White Dorper ewes.
(Article source: Meat And Livestock Australia.)