Market Report – 4 October

Total Yarding: 16,336

Lamb numbers eased with a big reduction in new season lambs, totalling 6,000 head. Merino lambs also fell in volume to 1,700 head. The quality was again mixed. There were fewer light store lambs and the trade and heavy lambs in reasonable numbers but there was a slight increase in drier skinned lambs. Extra heavy lambs were in short supply.

New season 2 score restocking lambs made from $76 to $116/head. The medium and heavy trade weights were firm to $4 cheaper and ranged from $115 to $138/head. Heavy new season lambs ranged between $144 and $160/head. Carcase prices ranged from 550c to 570c/kg.

Old trade lambs were firm and sold from $107 to $137, heavy weights to $160 and extra heavy weights to $168/head. Merino lambs were mostly trade weights and ranged from $96 to $106/head. Hoggets reached $139/head. Young crossbred ewes reached $165/head to return to the paddock.

Mutton numbers fell and there were several good runs of covered sheep. Plainer sheep were better supplied and prices lifted $8/head on light weights. Heavy crossbred ewes lost $2/head. Light weight mutton sold from $56 to $76 and heavy crossbreds received $97 to $128/head. Merino wethers reached $112 averaging $105/head on the heavy weights.

Market Report: MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service.

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Photo: Charlie Croker, Landmark sold 176 Suckers on behalf of R&S Cooper, Marulan to a top of $160ph.