Market Report – 31 January

Total Yarding: 14,004

There was a slight decrease in lamb numbers. Quality was fair to good. Trade and heavy shorn lambs were limited in supply and buyers showed the strongest competition toward these lambs. Extra heavy lambs remain limited and there was a reduction in unshorn 2 score lambs suitable to re-stockers, but numbers still remain good. The market was cheaper in a plainer run.

Unshorn 2 score lambs to re-stockers sold from $66 to $113, easing $7/head. The medium and heavy trade lambs eased $2 to $3 and made from $112 to $146/head averaging 610c to 640c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs were dearer on the very limited supply and sold from $156 to $183/head. Hoggets reached $154/head.

Mutton numbers declined and the quality was very mixed with fewer sheep in forward condition. Prices were $6 to $10 dearer with medium weight ewes $80 to $116/head. Heavy crossbreds reached $132 and very heavy Dorper ewes made $151/head. Merino wethers topped at $148/head. Carcase prices averaged 450c/kg cwt for the better-covered lines.

Market Report: MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service.

Photo: Charlie Croker, Landmark sold 35 XB Lambs on behalf of Myrma Pastoral, Marulan for $180ph.

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