Market Report – 30 August 2023

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 6,973

Lamb numbers almost halved and the quality was back with a very limited supply of prime lambs. Most were secondary, lacking cover. Not all the usual buyers were operating and buyers were selective, heavily discounting longer skins. The market sold to much cheaper trends with prices fall $15 to $20/head.

The 2 score processing lambs to 18kg sold from $15 to $49/head. Trade lambs 20 to 22kg ranged from $53 to $75 and 22 to 24kg lambs $68 to $89/head. Heavy weights to 26kg ranged from $66 to $97 and 26kg and heavier $91 to $103/head. The better lambs averaged from 340c to 380c while the larger run of secondary lambs averaged from 240c to 280c/kg cwt. The best of the heavy hoggets reached $61/head.

Mutton numbers were similar and the quality varied. Prices were back $10 to $20/head with the exception of a good run of medium weight Merino wethers which were firm. Medium weight ewes $17 to $51/head and heavy crossbred ewes reached $65/head.

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Photo: 22 XB Lambs sold for $91ph by MD & JJ Anderson on behalf of Yarraman Pastoral Co.