PRIME SHEEP REPORT
It was a pretty good quality yarding with good numbers of heavy weight lambs along with a better selection of trade weights. There were also some well finished Merino lambs yarded and only limited light weight lambs to suit the restockers. Not all the regular buyers were operating with a major local exporter closed for maintenance and upgrades.
Trade lambs were $15 dearer selling from $155 to $224/head to average between 870c and 910c/kg cwt. Heavy weight lambs were $10 dearer with the 24 to 30kg lambs selling from $190 to $237/head to average between 785c and 810c/kg cwt. Lambs over 30kg sold from $235 to $284/head to average 754c/kg cwt. Merino lambs were up to $20 dearer with trade weights selling from $141 to $201 while heavy weight Merinos sold from $213 to $229/head. Merino lambs to the restockers were $7 dearer selling from $80 to $137 while a small pen of Aussie White ewe lambs sold to the restockers for $208/head. Hoggets sold to a top of $206/head.
Most grades were represented in a mixed yarding of mutton where the light and medium weight sheep were $3 to $8 cheaper and the better heavy weights were up to $14/head cheaper. Merino ewes sold from $82 to $200, while crossbred ewes sold from $120 to $220/head. Merino wethers sold from $140 to $220/head. Carcase prices ranged from 600c to 685c/kg cwt. Mixed age White Dorper ewes scanned in lamb sold to the restockers for $205 while aged first cross ewes sold to the restockers for $170/head.
(Article source: Meat and Livestock Australia.)