Prime Sheep & Lamb
Total Yarding: 27,372
Lamb numbers lifted with 20,300 new season lambs penned. Quality was better with an increase in weight with more trade lambs offered. Heavy lambs still remain in short supply and the number of light 2 score lambs that returned to the paddock were back. A small number of mostly light Merino lambs were offered while old lambs have almost finished. All the usual buyers operated in a firm market.
The 2 score restocking lambs were $7 dearer and sold from $96 to $128/head. Medium and heavy trade weight lambs were $5 to $9 dearer and ranged from $139 to $162/head. Heavy lambs lifted $6 to $10 and received $151 to $180/head. Extra heavy lambs reached $197.20/head. Carcase prices ranged averaged from 650c to 660c/kg.
Mutton numbers were back and the quality was mixed. There were a lot more light sheep offered and prices were dearer. Medium weight ewes sold from $82 to $130/head. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $122 to $145/head and very heavy crossbreds topped at $177/head. Merino wethers sold to $172/head. Carcase prices averaged around 480c to 500c with some spikes to 540c/kg.
- Suckers: top $197.60/hd, av $131.40/hd
- Lambs Merino: top $126.20/hd, av $59.92/hd
- Lambs XB: top $190/hd, av $123.51/hd
- Hoggets XB: top $178/hd, av $133.28/hd
- Wethers Merino: top $169.20/hd, av $132.92/hd
- Ewes XB: top $177.60/hd, av $128.58/hd
- Ewes Merino: top $145.60/hd, av $105.78/hd
Total Yarding: 539
Due to good rainfalls in the supply area numbers declined. Quality was also affected with a plainer run of cattle. Yearlings were well-supplied and grown steers and heifers were well back in numbers. Only 85 cows were offered to a reduced field of buyers. The market trend was cheaper, but this was mostly quality driven.
Restocking vealer steers sold to 314c/kg on medium weights. Vealers to process made from 285c to 301c/kg. Feeder steers averaged cheaper, but there was not the quality of previous weeks with prices from 262c to 302c/kg. Medium weight steers to restock reached 314c/kg. Heifers to feed sold to slightly stronger prices to average 268c to 272c/kg. Only a few trade cattle were sold and steers made from 272c to 290c/kg.
A very limited supply of grown steers sold to similar prices with 2 tooth steers reaching 285c and older steers starting at 245c/kg. Grown heifers were 2c to 4c/kg cheaper. Restockers paid 214c to 240c/kg for the lighter weights. Heavy processing heifers sold from 240c to 265c/kg. Cows were firm to a few cents easier. Medium weight 2 score cows 190c to 218c/kg. Heavy weights 200c to 232c averaging 216c/kg.
- Light Steers < 350: top 314.2c/kg, $1081/hd; av 289.9c/kg, $935/hd
- Light Heifers < 350: top 304.6c/kg, $996/hd; av 267.2c/kg, $811/hd
- Trade Steers 351 - 500: top 310c/kg, $1382; av 287.4c/kg, $1172/hd
- Trade Heifers 351 - 500: top 295c/kg, $1247/hd; av 243.7c/kg, $993/hd
- Export Steers 501+: top 285c/kg, $2003/hd; av 263.2c/kg, $1589/hd
- Export Heifers 501+: top 265c/kg, $1617/hd; av 244.1c/kg, $1360/hd
- Cows: top 232c/kg, $1537/hd; av 215c/kg, $1177/hd
- Bulls < 700: top 248.2c/kg, $1351/hd; av 219.5c/kg, $1065/hd
- Bulls > 700: top 255c/kg, $2500/hd; av 240.1c/kg, $2001/hd
Market Reports: MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service.
- Prime Sheep and Lambs: Every Wednesday, 11am
- Last 2017 sale: December 20
- First 2018 sale: January 3
- Prime Cattle: Every Thursday, 8am
- Last 2017 sale: December 14
- First 2018 sale: January 4
- 1st X Ewes: Friday, January 5, 10am
- Store Cattle: Friday, January 19, 10am