Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb -Wagga

Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb -Wagga

Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 05/09/2019 comparison date 29/08/2019
Yarding 53000 Lamb 38000 Sheep 15000
Change 8000

Dry conditions forced bigger numbers of new season lambs into the market, with agents yarding almost 20,000 head. The balance of the
supply was old lambs, varying from outstanding to light weight plainer types. Agents presented a stellar run of new season lambs and buyers
paid a premium for the heavy portion. Old lambs were of mixed quality and there was a significant price variance between shorter skinned
and longer wool lambs. There were increased supplies of lighter weight new season lambs which sold to strong restocker competition. Buyers
traveled from Jugiong, Albury, Forbes, Ballarat, along with some local inquiry.
The new season trade lambs sold to solid competition with several prices spiking throughout the sale. The best of the heavy trade lambs,
22kg to 24kg, were unchanged averaging 830c/kg cwt. Heavy new season lambs attracted a large field of processors and bidding intensified
from a northern processor and two major domestic processors. Heavy lambs firmed, selling from $215 to $226, while the extra heavy lambs
gained $2, selling from $223 to $260/head to average 827c/kg cwt. New season lambs back to the paddock sold to stronger demand with
buyers from Forbes, Ballarat, Jugiong and the local area. The bulk of the lambs sold to restockers and lot feeders made from $138 to
$188/head.
Old trade lambs sold to a bigger group of buyers averaging 760c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs varied in quality, resulting in prices fluctuating
accordingly. Merino trade lambs, 20kg to 24kg, sold from $144 to $198/head.
There was stronger export competition from a northern buyer for heavy export lambs which contributed to the dearer trend of $7 to
$11/head. Extra heavy lambs sold from $213 to $292/head to average 816c/kg cwt.
It was another impressive yarding of mutton with only limited supplies of plainer sheep offered. Heavy mutton sold to strong competition and
all buyers were operating fully. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $208/head averaging 558c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes made from $148 to
$210/head. Heavy wethers sold from $160 to $200/head, averaging 600c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep made from $110 to $155/head,
averaging 580c/kg cwt.