23 Apr 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 23/04/2020 comparison date 16/04/2020
Yarding 47100 Lamb 39300 Sheep 7800
Lamb numbers were higher. The ongoing sell off continues as producers have concerns about the perennial problem of teeth in older lambs
and the unstable overseas market environment. Quality was excellent over trade and heavy lamb categories, with most lambs grain assisted.
Heavy and extra heavy lambs’ numbers lifted while lambs over 30kg cwt were not as plentiful. There were reasonable supplies of lighter
weight lambs with percentage selling to processors at significantly lower levels to the previous sale. Restocker and feedlot buying activity was
reduced with buyers cautious over teeth issues.
Despite major domestic buyers operating at the market prices were rolled back $10 to $12/head. 21-24kg cwt lambs sold from $170 to $209
with the bulk averaging 820c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to the usual group of buyers and all categories sold to weaker competition to
average 720c/kg cwt. Lambs to restock and feed eased $5 to $10 making from $110 to $198/head.
There were the usual export buyers at the rail along with some domestic processor competition occasionally. Buyers and agents quoted heavy
and extra heavy lambs $6 to $10/head cheaper with enthusiastic bidding notably for lambs weighing around the 40kg cwt mark. Lambs, 26 to
30kg, sold from $215 to $234 to average from 740 to 760c/kg cwt. Lambs weighing over 30kg cwt sold from $233 to $296/head averaging,
720c to 760c/kg cwt.
It was another good quality yarding of mutton with heavy sheep well supplied. Heavy crossbred ewes were unchanged in price selling up to
$300/head, averaging from 690c to 740c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers were in reasonable numbers to average from 710c to 750c/kg cwt. Trade
sheep sold close to last week’s price levels making from $130 to $175/head, averaging from 680c to 725c/kg.