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 12/08/2021 comparison date 05/08/2021
Yarding 48000

It was another big winter yarding offered to a full field of buyers. A large portion of the yarding were grain assisted heavy and extra heavy lambs. Trade lambs were well supplied, however some were of plainer quality requiring more finish. Included in the lamb total were 8,150 new season lambs, quality was outstanding.

New season lambs ignited the bidding pushing prices $5 to $15/head higher. New season lambs weighing 21 to 24kg cwt sold from $186 to $258/head to average 996c/kg cwt. The highlight of the young lamb section was a pen estimated to weigh 32kg cwt, recording a top price of $315/head. There was an excellent selection of well-bred young lambs suitable for restockers that sold from $132 to $181/head. Old trade lambs sold to stronger trends which was driven by a tightening in supply. Lambs weighing 22 to 24kg gained $14/head and averaged 1,008c/kg cwt.

A bigger field of export buyers were in attendance along with some major domestic processor competition. Heavy 24 to 26kg lambs sold $13/head dearer to average 988c/kg cwt. Lambs weighing 26 to 30kg sold to very strong competition with buyers upping the ante as the sale progressed to average 970c/kg cwt. Extra heavy lambs estimated to weigh more than 30kg cwt were well supplied and all buyers were keen for a market share. Prices jumped $13 with the bulk selling from $294 to $358/head.

It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton that included some excellent extra heavy sheep. Not all buyers attended or operated across heavy or trade categories. Heavy ewes ignited the bidding, making from $170 to $298/head to average 672c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers sold from $240 to $260/head to average from 706c to 740c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were mostly shorn with very few in longer skins and the bulk sold from $145 to $170/head.