Market Report – 8 May 2024

Prime Lamb & Sheep

Total Yarding: 15,460

A slight increase in lambs numbers and the quality was a little plainer. There was a mixed run of trade lambs and only a few pens of prime heavy weights. Light lambs were well supplied and there was strong feeder and restocking gallery on the short skinned second cross lambs. The market sold to weaker trends with the trade and heavy weights selling $13 to $18/head cheaper.

The 2 score processing lambs were $12 cheaper ranging from $60 to $114/head. The medium and heavy trade lambs ranged from $132 to $161/head averaging from 630c to 650c with the really neat trades out to 680c/kg. Similar weights to feed were upto 710c/kg. Heavy weights 24 to 26kg lambs sold from $158 to $172 and 26kg and heavier $172 to $200/head to average 650c/kg. The best price for hoggets was $120/head.

Mutton numbers also lifted and the quality fell with more light and very light mutton penned. Prices held on and were close to firm. Medium weight ewes sold from $49 to $93 and heavy crossbreds $80 to $103 and Merinos with a jacket reached $106/head. Most of the better covered lines averaged 280c to 320c/kg cwt.

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Photo: 68 XB Lambs sold for $200ph by Duncombe & Co on behalf of Derneveagh Pastoral Co.