Market Report – 31 January 2024

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 16,139

Lambs numbers lifted and the quality and condition of the lambs remained similar. Good trade and heavy weights were better supplied and there were a lot of lighter unshorn lambs which were more suited to restockers and a few for the feeders. There were pens of lambs that lacked the desired cover most buyers were looking for. The market sold to dearer trends for the lighter unshorn lambs but cheaper trends on trade weights which were unshorn or lacking cover. The better trades were firm and although extra heavy lambs achieved a higher price there was more weight in these pens and averaged $5 to $7 cheaper.

Unshorn restocking lambs sold from $69 to $118 and shorn restocking lambs reached $136/head. Trade weights 22 to 24kg ranged from $151 to $171 and 24 to 26kg sold from $168 to $190/head. Heavy weights to 30kg sold between $188 and $200 and extra heavy lambs reached $226/head. Carcase prices ranged between 670c to 700c/kg on the better end of the trade and heavy lambs. Best priced hoggets was $150/head.

Mutton numbers were similar and the quality was mixed containing some light weights and medium weights 2 score ewes. Heavy crossbreds were better supplied in volume. The trend was upto $10/head dearer. Medium weights sold from $45 to $80 and heavy crossbred ewes ranged from $92 to $150/head. Merino wethers reached $132/head and most of the mutton averaged between 300c and 350c/kg cwt.

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Photo: 31 XB Suckers sold for $226.2ph by Duncombe & Co on behalf of M Bollen.