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 18/07/2019 comparison date 11/07/2019
Yarding 45000 Lamb 35000 Sheep 10000
Change 5700

Lamb numbers lifted with producers taking advantage of the high winter returns. Quality was outstanding with most lambs crop finished or
supplementary fed. Trade buying activity was solid for lambs weighing 21-24kg carcass weight however, processors were more selective when
purchasing longer wool lambs. Select pens of shorn lambs were keenly sought with processors paying a premium for the well-shaped types
averaging over 1,000c/kg cwt. Heavy and extra heavy lambs numbers were similar however, there wasn’t the weight in the offering with most
lambs under 30kg carcass weight. There were reduced supplies of lighter weight lambs with most selling to processors. Restocker activity was
minimal.
The feature of the sale was the trade section where major domestic buyers dominated the market, while other processors made up their
numbers by purchasing longer wool types. Heavy trade 22-24kg made $225 to $262/head to average 1019c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold
to a large group of buyers and all categories sold to strong competition particularly the shorter skinned supplementary fed portion, the bulk
averaged 870c to 901c/kg cwt. Light lambs to the processors sold to strong southern competition making from $124 to $170/head.
There was a full field of export buyers along with some domestic processor competition on lambs weighing 25-27kg. Generally heavy lambs
24-26kg sold $8 dearer making $251 to $275/head. Extra heavy lambs were unchanged to a few dollars easier ranging from $268 to
$348/head, with the bulk averaging 1010c/kg cwt.
It was another good quality yarding of mutton with medium and heavy sheep well supplied. Heavy sheep were the highlight of the market
with a single isolated sale at 803c/kg cwt with most sales $20 to $40/head dearer. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $252 averaging 649c/kg
cwt. Heavy wethers were in reasonable numbers recording a top price of $283.20/head to average 722c/kg cwt. Trade and light sheep were
keenly sought by all processors selling at $120 to $168/head, averaging 648c/kg cwt.