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 24/10/2019 comparison date 17/10/2019
Yarding 51500 Lamb 28000 Sheep 23500
Change -13000

Numbers declined on the back of last week’s cheaper market. Agents offered a mixed quality yarding of both domestic and heavy export
types. A reasonable portion of young lambs were presented shorn. The shorn young lambs were keenly contested by major domestic
processors and export buyers, while longer wool lambs sold to fluctuating price trends. Well bred light weight lambs were sought by local
restockers and some interstate buyers travelling from Gippsland in Victoria. It was the usual field of export and domestic buyers at the rail
competing in a solid market.
There were bursts of strong buying activity for trade lambs but overall competition was steady. The best of the heavy trade lambs, 22-24kg,
were unchanged to $1/head dearer, averaging 786c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors gained $2 to $3, making from $90 to
$148/head. Competition ramped up for the extra heavy lambs, lifting prices $6/head. Extra heavy lambs sold from $224 to $270/head,
averaging 799c/kg cwt. New season lambs back to the paddock sold to mixed price trends, making from $90 to $158/head
It was another magnificent yarding of mutton, with only limited supplies of lighter weight sheep offered. It was a full field of processors in
attendance and a single major processor from the north, controlled the market over heavy weight categories buying the bulk of heavy sheep.
Heavy mutton sold to stronger demand recording a top price of $242/head for Merino ewes. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $240/head,
averaging 575c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold from $156 to $235/head, averaging 610c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep made from $106 to
$152/head, with trade mutton averaging 603c/kg cwt.