Market Report – 3 April 2024

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 12,263

There was a jump in numbers after the Easter weekend and the quality improved with a very good run of trade and heavy weights. Light lambs were limited and there was strong competition from Restockers and feeders for lambs. The market was stronger for the light lambs, some of the trades were dearer but averaged firm across the whole yarding. All the usual buyers were operating.

Light lambs to Restock and feed lifted $15/head with the bulk of the lighter lambs selling from $88 to $120/head and heavy weights to feed reached $143/head. trade weights 20 to 22kg sold from $127 to $146and the 22 to 24kg lambs sold from $136 to $159/head averaging 615c to 630c/kg. Heavy weights sold from $142 to $185 and extra heavy weights over 30kg reached $199.20/head. Heavy Hoggets gained $5 to $10/head selling between $85 and $130/head.

There also was an increase in Mutton numbers but the quality was still mixed. Prices were $6 to $15 dearer on most mutton with the exception of the very heavy sheep which remained firm. Medium weight ewes sold from $50 to $90/head, heavy crossbred ewes sold from $88 to $115 and Merino reached $105/head. Most averaged between 300c and 330c/kg cwt.

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Photo: 47 XB Lambs sold for $199.2ph by Holman Tolmie on behalf of R Langley.