Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb

Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb

Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 21/11/2019 comparison date 14/11/2019
Yarding 46000 Lamb 24000 Sheep 22000
Change -1500

Numbers were marginally lower. Quality was noticeably plainer with a lot of lambs dry in the skin or battling seed infestation. Amongst the
offering was limited supplies of fresh new season lambs from Tumbarumba, which attracted the strongest competition. Generally, prices for
trade types weakened due to the shortage of quality and lack of weight. Heavy young lambs over 26kg cwt were in limited supply. Lighter
weight young lambs were supported by restockers and feedlots. Mutton numbers were steady and price softened.
Price results for trade lambs weakened, a part of the weaker result was less processor competition from major domestic processors. The best
of the heavy trade lambs 22-24kg sold $7/head cheaper to average 697c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors held their values best,
due in part to the steady demand from restockers. New season light weight lambs back to the paddock sold to cheaper trends, making from
$79 to $128/head. Young lambs with weight and frame were keenly sought by a local agents and feedlots making from $130 to $168/head.
Heavy lambs hit a hurdle with declines of $14/head. Demand was the issue with some of the regular buyers preferring to bid strongly for
shorn lambs and walk away from others. The bulk made from $170 to $200/head. Extra heavy lambs sold to patchy competition, with buyers
very selective particularly with lambs carrying plenty of wool. Prices were $10 to $18/head cheaper to average 684c/kg cwt.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton, with a good supply of trade sheep through the offering. Competition from buyers weakened for
heavy ewes. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $210/head to average 550c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes made from $143 to $225/head,
averaging from 550c to 576c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold at $150 to $200/head, averaging 558c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep made from
$70 to $152/head, with trade mutton firm averaging 590c/kg cwt.