19 Sep 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 19/09/2019 comparison date 12/09/2019
Yarding 43900 Lamb 33700 Sheep 10200
Numbers declined, while new season lamb supplies remained steady with 20,860 yarded. Agents offered another stellar run of new season
lambs across trade and heavy export classes, with even the lighter weights in excellent condition. Old trade lambs were of mixed quality and
struggled to attract all buyers. The heavy old lambs were well supplied and quality was quite good with plenty of lambs weighing over 30kg
cwt. There were good supplies of well-bred lighter weight new season lambs which sold to steady competition.
The new season trade lambs sold to extremely erratic competition with buyers at times very selective. The best of the heavy trade lambs 22-
24kg eased $10/head, to average 835c/kg cwt. Heavy new season lambs attracted a smaller field of export and domestic processors. Heavy
young lambs sold $9 cheaper while the extra heavy eased $11, selling from $232 to $271/head, to average 853c/kg cwt. New season lambs
back to the paddock sold to solid demand with orders from Wycheproof, Griffith, Forbes, Echuca and Albury. The bulk of the store lambs sold
from $96 to $158/head.
Old trade lambs varied in quality and lacked buyer support with prices generally easing $7 to $15/head, to average 814c/kg cwt. Merino trade
lambs 20-24kg sold from $138 to $191/head.
There was weaker competition from most export processors resulting in a cheaper trend of $30-$40/head. Extra heavy lambs sold from $198
to $288, to average 789c/kg cwt.
It was another noteworthy yarding of mutton, with only limited supplies of plainer sheep offered. Most of the usual buying group were in
attendance however a single major processor dominated the overall market categories, with the exception of the lighter weights. Heavy
mutton sold to stronger demand which resulted in a dearer trend of $6 to $9/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $179/head, averaging
436c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes made from $142 to $178/head, averaging 479c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold from $154 to $178/head,
averaging 509c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep sold from $78 to $146/head, with trade mutton averaging 555c/kg cwt.