Prime Sheep and Lamb – January 10, 2018, total yarding: 30,559
Lamb numbers jumped and there were 17,500 new season lambs penned.
The quality was a little plainer with plenty of 2 score lambs for the re-stockers.
There was a good run of medium and heavy trade weights but heavy lambs were back in volume. All the usual buyers were operating in a cheaper market.
The 2 score restocking lambs sold from $89 for very lightweights to $135/head. Medium and heavy trade lambs were $15 and more in some sales and prices ranged from $130 to $146/head to average 640c to 660c/kg cwt.
Similarly, heavy lambs have eased, selling from $145 to $172 with the few heavy weights reaching $188/head or 600c to 630c/kg cwt.
The best of the hoggets reached $170/head.
Mutton quality was good with plenty of heavy sheep.
Prices were firm to $4/head cheaper. Medium weights sold from $78 to $123/head for long skinned Merinos.
Heavy crossbreds reached $155 and heavy wethers $142/head. Carcase prices averaged from 420c to 450c/kg cwt.
Market Report: MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service.
Suckers $180.20 Aver $126.34
Lambs Merino Top $125.00 Aver $71.44
Lambs XB Top $190.00 Aver $133.90
Hoggets XB Top $170.00 Aver $142.21
Wethers Merino Top $132.00 Aver$104.51
Ewes XB Top $155.60 Aver $116.46
Ewes Merino Top $138.00 Aver $94.86