Total Yarding: 16,548
There was an increase in lamb numbers, but the quality still remains mixed. There were several good lines of trade lambs and a few more heavy weights, but numbers of heavy lambs remain limited and there was an extra buyer purchasing heavy weights. Light lambs made up the majority of the yarding. The market sold to a cheaper trend on the light and trade lambs and dearer on the heavy 4 score lambs.
Restocking lambs sold from $66 to $129/head. Feeders paid to $135/head. The 2 score processing lambs to 16kg were $6 cheaper, making from $80 to $107/head. Trade lambs weighing 18-24kg were $3 to $4 softer, receiving from $117 to $148/head. Carcase prices averaged from 600c to 640c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs lifted up to $20, with the extra buyers making from $163 to $198 and extra heavy lambs reached $208/head, averaging close to 690c/kg. Trade Merino lambs sold from $95 to $105/head. Hoggets reached $155/head.
Mutton numbers decreased and mainly ewes were offered. The quality remains fair. Prices were firm to $3/head dearer. Light sheep sold from $30 to $49/head. Medium weight ewes received from $77 to $110/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $110 to $139/head. Merino wethers topped at $145/head. Carcases prices averaged 380c/kg on the better covered sheep.
Market Report: MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service.
Photo: Topping today’s market Anthony Attard sold 60 XB Lambs with Delta Agribusiness for $208.6ph.
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