04 Jul 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 04/07/2019 comparison date 27/06/2019
Yarding 44330 Lamb 35900 Sheep 8430
Lamb numbers declined moderately. The sell off continues, with farmers taking advantage of the high returns given for trade and heavy
lambs. Quality was outstanding with most lambs crop finished or supplementary fed. Trade buying activity ramped up with major domestic
processors dominating sales for all well finished types. 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.
The limited availability of quality domestic lambs at other selling centres gave the trade market a boost. Processors stepped up bidding
strongly to acquire trade lambs 22kg to 24kg cwt which helped lift prices $2 to $8/head. Heavy trade 22kg to 24kg made up the bulk of the
offering making $220 to $250/head to average 986c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to a larger group of buyers and all categories sold to
stronger competition recording a top price of $252/head to average 904c/kg cwt. Light lambs to the processors sold to strong southern
competition making from $136 to $168/head.
There was a full field of export buyers along with some domestic processor competition on lambs weighing 25kg to 26kg cwt. Generally heavy
lambs 24kg to 26kg sold $3 dearer making $246 to $265/head. Extra heavy lambs eased a few dollars ranging from $255 to $350/head, with
the bulk averaging 974c/kg cwt.
It was another good quality yarding of mutton with medium and heavy sheep well supplied. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $232/head,
averaging 606c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers were in limited numbers recording a top price of $198/head to average 637c/kg cwt. Trade sheep
were keenly sought by all processors selling at $105 to $168/head, averaging 588c to 660c/kg cwt.