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 31/10/2019 comparison date 24/10/2019
Yarding 51000 Lamb 28000 Sheep 23000
Change -500

Numbers were similar and agents offered a mixed quality offering of new season lambs across trade heavy export classes. Recent hot weather
has affected longer wool lambs with a percentage showing extreme dryness while others required more finish. Heavy young lambs over 26kg
cwt were in limited numbers. Lighter weight young lambs were well supplied and quality was very mixed, with a tail in the offering as
producers continue to offload due to the ongoing dry conditions.
Price for trade lambs softened, which was indicative of the mixed quality and less buyers at the rail. The best of the heavy trade lambs 22-
24kg eased $4/head to average 781c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors eased $4/head with not the processor competition of the
previous week. New season light weight lambs back to the paddock sold to erratic bidding, making from $69 to $140/head. Young lambs with
weight and frame were keenly sought by a local agent making from $140 to $163/head. Heavy lambs were keenly sought by several
processors making from $195 to $226/head. Prices for extra heavy lambs bounced around, with plenty of bidding duels throughout the
market. Extra heavy lamb prices firmed as the sale progressed which was quality related, selling from $216 to $268/head.
It was a very mixed quality yarding of mutton with good numbers of trade sheep through the offering. Heavy mutton sold to weak demand
which resulted in a cheaper trend of $20 to $28/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $225/head to average 517c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino
ewes made from $140 to $212/head averaging 550c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold from $180 to $193/head, averaging 557c/kg cwt. Trade and
light sheep sold from $100 to $148/head, with trade mutton averaging 552c/kg cwt.