Record yarding of sheep and lambs at Yass

Ian Culley sold 157 Merino wethers with Elders to a sale top of $220 a head.
Ian Culley sold 157 Merino wethers with Elders to a sale top of $220 a head.

Prime Sheep, Lamb

November 20 | Yarding: 38,915

Agents penned record numbers with an extra 1500 sheep and lambs penned.

The quality was noticeably plainer than last week with a large portion lacking finish and showing dry skins across the lamb pens.

There was, however, a good number of heavy sheep on offer suiting the export processors.

The restocker and feedlot buyers were again very active today stepping into the large offering of store condition lambs.

All the regular field of buyers were present operating in a slightly softer market across all weights and grades.

Trade weight new season lambs are starting to reduce in numbers showing in this week's yarding.

Light and medium trade, 18-22kg were $6 to $8 easier selling from $130 to $165 with the heavy trade making from $162 to $168, averaging 691c/kg cwt, easing $8/head.

Heavy lambs to the domestic and export buyers also eased $8, selling from $171 to $185/head.

The few pens offered weighing over 26kg suiting the export processors sold from $184 and $189/head to average 680c/kg cwt.

Light weight lambs to the processors eased $3 to $5 with the 12-18kg lambs selling from $80 to $136/head.

Store lambs were very well supplied and sold in a softer market, up to $6 easier in places with the lighter weights returning to the paddock making from $95 to $157/head.

Feedlot buyers paid from $98 to $120/head for 14-18kg lambs and the better lambs weighing between 18-24kg made $130 and $163 easing up to $10/head.

Heavy shorn lambs sold from $175 to $186/head.

Overall it was a mixed quality yarding of mutton selling in a softer market easing $2/head for heavy mutton.

Heavy cross bred ewes made from $148 to $192, averaging 571c/kg cwt and 4 score Merino ewes reached $170/head. Heavy wethers sold to $220, easing $8/head to average 581c/kg cwt.

Trade and light sheep sold from $90 to $153, easing up to $3/head.

Category, Qty, $/Hd

  • Suckers XB, 10,849, top $195, ave $125.18
  • Lambs Merino,1304, top $140, ave $88.04
  • Lambs XB, 7733, top $186, ave $124.94
  • Hoggets XB, 446, top $189.60, ave $145.71
  • Wethers Merino, 3765, top $220, ave $136.39
  • Ewes XB, 5184, top $195, ave $145.91
  • Ewes Merino, 7287, top $188, ave $131.08
Jock Duncombe, Duncombe & Co with vendor Mitch OBrien, Crookwell who sold 12 Angus steers for 282c/kg, av 197.1kg, $555.78 a head.

Jock Duncombe, Duncombe & Co with vendor Mitch OBrien, Crookwell who sold 12 Angus steers for 282c/kg, av 197.1kg, $555.78 a head.

Prime Cattle

December 5 | Yarding: 2108

Numbers eased and the quality was mixed with more plain and light cattle entering the market.

There still were good lines of feeders and a great line of weaners, but trade cattle were in short supply.

Extra restocking orders put a floor in the light and plain cattle.

Prime grown cattle were also very limited and around 500 cows were offered in a mixed trend market.

Weaners sold 25c/kg dearer but the quality was better.

Steers sold from 230c to 280c and heifers from 200c to 277c/kg.

The plain cattle to restockers sold from 120c to 160c/kg.

Feeders eased 20c with the steers making from 240c to 276c and medium weight heifers sold from 195c to 253c/kg.

Restockers paid to 314c/kg for medium weight steers. The few trade heifers improved 9c, selling to 275c/kg.

Prime grown heifers reached 265c and cows were close to firm with the medium weight 2 score cows averaging 189c and heavy 3 and 4 score cows selling from 200c to 225c, to average 218c/kg.

Category, Weight, Qty, c/kg, $/Hd

  • Light steers, 350, 506, top 314.2, $950, ave 245.7, $607
  • Light heifers, 350, 423, top 277.2, $845, ave 202.2, $482
  • Trade steers, 351-500, 330, top 314.2, $1401, ave 276.6, $1118
  • Trade heifers, 351-500, 183, top 282, $1305, ave 239.3, $959
  • Export steers, 501+, 21, top 293.2, $1758, ave 280.5, $1524
  • Export heifers, 501+, 8, top 271.2, $1492, ave 242.9, $1382
  • Cows, 535, top 232, $1688, ave 201.3, $1084
  • Bulls, 700, 20, top 220, $1449, ave 198.3, $956
  • Bulls, 700, 11, top 240, $2916, ave 230.8, $2184

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