Market Report – 31 March 2021

Total Yarding: 3,674

Lamb numbers lifted and the quality was mixed. There were a few lambs that were lacking the desired finish along with reasonable numbers of well finished trade and heavy weight lambs. Extra heavy lambs were in fewer numbers and there was a sprinkling of light shorn store lambs that sold to strong competition. Feeders were active on the trade weighted lambs. The market sold to a cheaper trend very much quality driven.

Light store lambs were dearer with the shorn lambs $130 to $180/head and feeders paid to $182 for lambs with more skin. Medium and heavy trade lambs were $2 to $7 cheaper $169 to $178/head or 800c to 810c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs 22 to 26kg were firm to $3 cheaper and the best supplied lambs and ranged from $187 to $205/head to average 770c/kg cwt. The 26kg and heavier ranged from $192 to $226/head. The best of the very heavy hoggets reached $240/head.

Mutton numbers lifted and the quality was good. Medium weight ewes were best supplied and prices were dearer. Medium weight ewes sold from $126/head for the lighter 2 scores to $188 for 3 score longed skinned Merinos. Heavy crossbred ewes $200 to $225/head and Merino wethers reached $210/head. Carcase prices averaged between 640c and 680c/kg with some of the better covered and shaped pushing over 700c/kg cwt.

Market Report: MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service.

Photo: Charlie Croker, Nutrien Livestock sold 26 XB Lambs on behalf of RT Croker, Golspie for $186ph.

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