Sheep sale report

April 06, 2018

Barry Doige from the property ‘Zara’ with Elders Deniliquin’s Geoff McCallum and the Zara cross bred lambs which sold for $143.

Numbers remained similar across a mixed yarding of stock at Tuesday’s Deniliquin sheep sale.

The supply of heavy lambs was limited, and apart from pens which had been supplemented on grain, many of the trade and lighter lambs were lacking carcase finish due to the dry season.

The usual field of buyers followed the market, and price trends were firm to dearer compared to a fortnight ago.

Lambs under 22kg c/wt recorded the best price improvements. Agents did pass in some pens of Merino lambs.

Lambs sold to a top of $190, with most of the lead drafts of heavy and medium trade weight lambs selling from $144 to $168/head.

Lighter domestic lambs mostly $127 to $143, and small lambs to processors from $96 to $118/head.

On a carcase basis the heaviest lambs started at about 580c, however once on to the trade and lightweight lines rates improved to be ranging from 600c to 660c/kg depending on quality and finish.

Buyers did appear to favour recently shorn lambs in short-skins over the drier longer-wool types.

Demand for mutton remained keen despite a small yarding of less than 100 head. Heavy Merino ewes in a good skin sold to $170/head.

Estimated carcase prices for the main grades of mutton all improved on a fortnight ago.

~ Details provided by Meat Livestock Australia.

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