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 19/12/2019 comparison date 12/12/2019
Yarding 19000 Lamb 12000 Sheep 7000
Change -43500

Numbers dropped significantly for the last sale of 2019. Quality was plain with a lot of lambs extremely dry in the skin and requiring more
finish. A large percentage of the offering were store lambs under 18kg cwt. Generally, prices for trade types was unchanged to slightly dearer
for the better presented. Heavy young lambs over 26kg cwt were in limited supply. Lighter weight young lambs were well supported by
restockers.
Trade lambs throughout experienced mixed price trends due in part to a reduced field of buyers. The best of the heavy trade lambs 22-24kg
were unchanged to average from 690 to 710c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors made from $88 to $139/head. New season light
weight lambs back to the paddock sold up to $15 dearer making from $69 to $148 while the shorn portion averaged $139/head.
Despite less buyers at the rail, prices were unchanged. Heavy and extra heavy lambs sold to solid competition. The bulk of the lambs selling
from $168 to $220/head. It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton. Competition from buyers was noticeably weaker with only a few
processors operating. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $188 to average 441c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes made from $104 to $144/head,
averaging 421c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold at $135 to $178/head. Trade and light sheep sold from $50 to $116/head, with trade mutton
averaging 407c/kg cwt.