26 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 26/09/2019 comparison date 19/09/2019
Yarding 43570 Lamb 31500 Sheep 12070
Numbers declined, while new season lamb supplies increased marginally to 21,000 head. Agents offered another outstanding run of new
season lambs across trade and heavy export classes. Lighter weight young lambs were well supplied and quality was quite good. Old trade
lambs varied in quality and so did prices. Extra heavy old lambs were in shorter supply and, there were no lambs weighing above 30kg.
The limited availability of good quality new season lambs is starting to impact processors in the form of improved competition. The best of the
heavy trade lambs, 22kg to 24kg, was unchanged averaging 833c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors gained $6 to $13/head as
buyers struggled to compete against a large field of restockers. Heavy young lambs with finish held firm to average 856c/kg cwt. Extra heavy
lambs eased $3 making from $232 to $275/head, averaging 857c/kg cwt. New season lambs back to the paddock sold to solid demand, with
orders from Echuca, Griffith, Forbes, Ballarat, Cootamundra and Albury. The bulk of the store lambs sold from $135 to $177/head. Lambs with
weight and frame back to the paddock sold at $178 to $191/head.
Old trade lambs varied in quality and lacked buyer support with prices generally dipping $19 to $28/head to average 753c/kg cwt. Merino
trade lambs, 20kg to 24kg, sold from $160 to $185/head. Heavy old lambs sold to notably weaker demand with reports from buyers that
yields have been disappointing. Prices for heavy and extra heavy lambs ranged from $189 to $250/head, averaging 750c/kg cwt.
It was another stellar 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 once again dominated the market over all categories, with the exception of the lighter weights.
Heavy mutton sold to stronger demand which resulted in a dearer trend of $15 to $22/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $198/head,
averaging 512c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes made from $150 to $200/head, averaging 588c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold at $170 to
$189/head, averaging 588c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep ranged from $86 to $155/head, with trade mutton averaging 614c/kg cwt.