Market Report – 29 May 2024

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 9130

Lamb numbers eased with only 2900 lambs penned. There was a good but very small run of heavy and extra heavy lambs. A small run of prime trade weights was also penned. Buyer were keen to purchase number. There was a few larger drafts of shorn store lambs along with the usual plainer trades and light lambs. Restockers and feeders were on hand and competed strongly of these lambs. The market sold to stronger trends on most categories lifting $10 to $15/head.

Restocking lambs to 20kg sold mainly from $66 to $148/head. The 2 score processing lambs was about the only major category that was cheaper but the quality of the lambs was plainer and sold from $66 to $105/head. Trade lambs 20 to 24kg ranged from $140 to $175/head and averaged 700c to 725c/kg on the better lambs. Heavy weight 24 to 26kg sold from $170 to $188 and lambs to 30kg ranged from $198 to $212/head and averaged 720c/kg. Extra heavy lambs reached $215/head. The best of the hoggets reached $149/head.

Mutton numbers were steady and the quality similar. Prices were firm to $5 dearer. Medium weight ewes sold from $56 to $96 and heavy crossbreds reached $123/head. Merinos reached $98 and Wiltipoll ewes to $120/head.

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Photo: 29 XB Lambs sold for $212ph by Butt Livestock on behalf of H Wilson Partnership.