Market Report – 2 March 2022

Total Yarding: 10,054

Lamb numbers were similar and the quality remains mixed with only a few ideally finished pens offered. The lighter weights showed more quality variances than buyers preferred and were strongest on the shorn lambs. Prices were firm on the better lambs, with pens of unshorn lambs discounted and purchased by restockers.

Restocking lambs sold mostly from $155 to heavy trade weights reaching $182/head. Trade lambs to 24kg sold from $141/head for unshorn lambs to $190/head averaging from 750c to 790c/kg cwt. The 24 to 26kg lambs received $182 to $208/head and heavy lambs $193 to $216/head averaging 730c to 750c/kg cwt. Extra heavy lambs reached $231/head. Merino trade and heavy lambs sold from $148 to $186/head.

Mutton numbers stayed steady and the quality was mixed but demand was strong for all weights and grades. Light mutton sold $10 to $15 dearer and heavy weights lifted $10/head. Medium weight ewes sold from $96 to $156 and heavy crossbreed ewes $176 to $200 and Merinos reached $210/head.

Photo: Sally Butt, Butt Livestock sold 28 XB Lambs on behalf of A Alchin & S Artery, Monteagle, for $231.2ph.

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