17 Oct 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 17/10/2019 comparison date 10/10/2019
Yarding 62000 Lamb 41000 Sheep 21000
Numbers lifted marginally at Wagga today. Agents offered a very good quality yarding of new season trade and heavy lambs, however the
heavy portion lacked the weight of previous sales. The better types of light weight lambs were keenly sought by local restockers and
interstate buyers, while the plainer types were purchased by processors. It was a smaller field of export and domestic buyers at the rail and
competition was subdued across all lamb classes.
Trade lamb prices bounced around throughout the sale, with competition patchy. The best of the heavy trade lambs 22-24kg eased $16/head
to average 790c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors eased $4 to $6 making from $115 to $150/head. Heavy young lambs sold
$12/head cheaper, averaging 808c/kg cwt. Despite the limited availability of quality extra heavy lambs, prices eased $12/head. Shorn young
lambs recorded a top price of $269, with the bulk making from $218 to $245/head. New season lambs back to the paddock sold to mixed
price trends, making from $88 to $177/head.
It was a stellar yarding of mutton, with only limited supplies of lighter weight sheep offered. Most of the usual buying group were in
attendance and a single major processor from the north dominated the market over heavy weight categories, with the exception of the lighter
weights. Heavy mutton sold to solid demand recording a top price of $238/head for Merino ewes. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to
$230/head, averaging 567c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold at $164 to $233/head, averaging 635c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep made from $68
to $160/head, with trade mutton averaging 605c/kg cwt.