Prime Sheep & Lamb
Total Yarding: 16,336
Lamb numbers eased with a big reduction in new season lambs, totalling 6000 head. Merino lambs also fell in volume to 1700 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.
Total Yarding: 854
Numbers eased and quality improved. Weaners were not as well supplied but there was a much better offering of yearlings, which suited the larger group of feedlot buyers. Heavy trade cattle were limited with the feedlots purchasing most weights and condition. Prime heavy grown steers were in good numbers and there were plenty of well-covered grown heifers. The market was dearer in most categories.
Weaners to re-stockers lifted 15c to 20c, selling from 240c to 278c/kg. Feeder steers lifted 13c on the medium weights and 10c/kg on the preferred lines of heavy weights. Feeder heifers were up by 15c to 20c/kg with the extra competition. Steers sold from 232c to 275c and the heifers made from 220c to 257c/kg. Trade steers ranged from 265c to 281c and heifers traded from 250c to 260c/kg.
Grown steers were up to 20c stronger, ranging between 250c and 265c, and heifers suited to slaughter lifted 10c to 15c, ranging from 180c to 247c/kg. The majority were heavy well-covered cows and sold 5c to 10c/kg better. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows ranged from 188c to 215c, with 6 tooth cows reaching 228c/kg.