Market Report – 25 October 2023

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 15,687

Lamb numbers lifted and there were 4650 new season lambs offered. There were several runs of store lambs but mostly trade and heavy weights were penned. The quality of the new season lambs improved but old lambs were mixed with some very neat shorn lambs penned next to some long woolled lambs. All the usual buyers were operating in the larger market and prices were back slightly on the lambs.

New season store lambs ranged from $11 to $85/head for fresh second cross lambs estimated at 35kg live weights. Trade weights were $4 to $5 cheaper with the medium and heavy weights trades selling from $85 to $118/head and averaged 450c to 480c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs sold from $104 to $131/head or 460c/kg on average.

Old 2 score processing lambs sold between $37 and $68/head. Medium and heavy trade lambs were $5 to $20/head cheaper on average, there were a few exception and they were the short skinned, well covered lambs which were firm. Lambs ranged from $62 to $111/head and averaged 360c to 380c with the better lambs averaging 420c to 460c/kg cwt. Heavy old lambs $114 to $134/head or around 400c/kg cwt. Hoggets reached $100/head and were dearer averaging 300c to 320c/kg.

Mutton numbers lifted and quality also improved. Prices were firm to $4 dearer with the medium and heavy weights selling from $21 to $50/head.

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Photo: 44 XB Suckers sold for $131ph by MD & JJ Anderson on behalf of B Gray.