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 20/06/2019 comparison date 13/06/2019
Yarding 47700 Lamb 35000 Sheep 12700
Change 9700

Lamb numbers were higher. The ongoing sell off continues as producers take advantage of the high winter returns for trade and heavy lambs.
Quality was exceptional over trade and heavy lamb categories, with most lambs grain fed or off crop. Heavy and extra heavy lambs numbers
lifted and so did the weight. There were reduced supplies of lighter weight lambs with a fair percentage selling to processors. Restocker and
feedlot buying activity was erratic with buyers cautious over teeth issues.
Competition for trade lambs ramped up significantly, with major domestic processors dominating over all well finished types. Processors paid
premium prices for well finished shorter skinned lambs which helped contribute to the dearer trend of $8 to $15/head. Heavy trade 22-24kg
made up the bulk of the offering making $220-$241/head to average 954c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to a larger group of buyers and all
categories sold to solid competition to average 827c/kg cwt. Lambs to restock and feed made from $136-$185/head.
There was an almost full field of export buyers along with some domestic processor competition. Generally heavy lambs 24-26kg sold $11
dearer making $232 to $258/head. Extra heavy lambs sales gained momentum as the sale progressed. A new national record was set when a
pen of lambs weighing 40kg carcass weight made $354. The bulk of the offering sold from $248 to $335/head to average 909 to 937c/kg
cwt.
It was another good sized yarding of mutton with medium and heavy sheep well supplied. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $248 averaging
618c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers were in greater numbers, with the supplementary fed portion bare shorn recording a top price of $250/head to
average 731c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were keenly sought by all processors selling at $108 to $164/head, averaging 567-642c/kg cwt. Light
sheep sold from $100 to $130/head averaging 574c/kg cwt.