Market Report – 19 July 2023

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 12,778

Lamb numbers improved and the quality was mostly plain with the majority of the lambs in 1 and 2 score condition. All weights were offered and the best lambs were the heavy weights. There was a larger group of buyers operating but the quality of the yarding was inhibiting and the lamb market eased $8 to $10/head.

The 2 score processing lambs sold from $33 to $87/head. trade weights 20 to 22kg ranged from $74 to $108 and the 22 to 24kg ranged from $101 to $118/head and averaged 465c to 490c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs 24 to 26kg ranged from $120 to $130/head or 475c/kg on average. 26kg and heavier sold from $131 to extra heavy weights reaching $165/head, these better finished lambs averaged 480c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino lambs sold from $130 to $140/head. Best of the heavy hoggets reached $140/head.

Mutton numbers lifted and the quality and condition of the mutton was very mixed but the prices remained close to firm. Medium weight ewes sold from $46 to $98/head, heavy crossbreds $112 to $138/head and Merino wethers reached $110/head.

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Photo: 50 Merino Lambs sold for $140ph by Holman Tolmie on behalf of Rocky Ponds Partnership, Harden.