Wagga Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb

Wagga Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb

Detailed Saleyard Report – Sheep and Lamb
Market information provided by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service
Wagga report date 05/08/2021 comparison date 29/07/2021
Yarding 69400

Agents mustered significantly more lambs setting another winter record at the selling centre. A large portion of the offering, which were well covered, were grain assisted. Trade lambs were in bigger numbers, with some pen lots requiring more finish. Combined in the total were 5,350 new season lambs with most ranging from 20 to 24kg carcase weight. A full field of buyers were in attendance, however, not all export companies operated or attended.

Trade lambs sold to softer price trends which was mostly quality related. Lambs weighing 22 to 24kg slipped $9/head to average 951c/kg cwt. New season lambs sold to steady competition, with buyers keen for a market share. New season lambs weighing 21 to 24kg made from $181 to $251/head. A single pen of heavy young lambs made to $263/head. Merino trade lambs sold to a smaller group of buyers resulting in a cheaper trend of $7 to $16/head to average from 715c to 766c/kg cwt. Restockers mostly operated across new season categories selling from $154 to $173/head.

A smaller field of export buyers were in attendance along with some major domestic processor competition. Heavy 24 to 26kg lambs sold $12/head cheaper to average 923c/kg cwt. Lambs weighing 26 to 30kg sold to patchy demand to average 948c/kg cwt. Extra heavy lambs estimated to weigh more than 30kg, were in shorter supply and lacked the weight of previous sales with the bulk ranging from $290 to $326/head and averaging 918c/kg cwt.

All export sheep, were fully firm on last week’s rates. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to a top of $290/head. Lighter sheep may have been slightly easier in places.

Please note that parts of this sale have been reported without the physical presence of a NLRS Livestock Market Officer.