Market Report – 10 January 2024

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 14,261

Lamb numbers lifted and so did the quality. There was a much better run of trade and heavy weights. Fresh new season lambs were limited with a big percentage dry in the skin and the store lambs were limited in numbers with most going to processors with strong competition from the buyers. The market was firm to slightly dearer after last weeks strong opening sale. All the usual buyers were operating.

New season trade lambs 20 to 24kg ranged from $147 to $175/head averaging 680c to 700c after reaching 750c/kg, heavy weights reached $218/head.
The shorn lambs sold to very strong competition and the trade weights ranged from $140 to $191/head averaging 730c to 750c/kg with the odd pen of short skin lambs reaching around 800c/kg. Heavy weights to 30kg sold from $188 to $230/head or 700c to 750c and extra heavy weights sold from $226 to $248/head. Heavy hoggets reached $157/head.

There was a lift in mutton numbers and prices were dearer especially on the light and medium weights. Medium weight ewes sold from $39 to $60/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $60 to $119/head for 4 and 6 tooth ewes and the best Merinos reached $100/head.

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Photo: 39 XB Lambs sold for $248.2ph by Jim Hindmarsh & Son on behalf of N Tetley.