Sheep sale report

March 10, 2018

Kane Wishart and Justin Barker with a pen of cross-breed lambs which sold for $147.60 a head.

Numbers and quality remained limited for the first sale of the autumn season on Tuesday.

Most of the lambs were first-cross types, with the better finished drafts having been supplement fed.

Demand from processors was weak, with only a small number of regular buyers following the market.

Lamb prices were lower, following the trend evident at other more recent sales in the area.

There were no stand-out heavy export lambs on offer, and the sale reached a top of $172/head.

The lead drafts of heavy trade lambs sold from $149 to $165, while the plainer domestic lambs in drier skins mostly sold from $130 to $138/head.

There was still reasonable buyer support for light weight lambs for processing orders and these pens held firm from $90 to $119/head for most.

On a carcase basis slaughter lamb averages eased below 600c/kg, between an estimated 570c to 590c/kg cwt.

Secondary lambs and small pens of a few head were discounted below these prices.

A run of small unshorn lambs sold to restockers made from $42 to $90/head.

The mutton sale had some reasonable pens of Merino ewes in various lengths, but sheep supplies overall were limited with less than 900 head yarded.

Estimated carcase prices for the better lines of Merino mutton matched recent sales from 420c to 430c/kg.

Top sales were not provided this week.

~ Details provided by Meat and Livestock Australia on behalf of the Deniliquin Associated Agents.

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