Sheep and Lambs
Thursday, June 14
Yarding: 33,000. Lambs: 25,000. Sheep: 8000
Numbers declined after the region received rain and with the prediction of more to follow.
Quality across heavy lamb categories was outstanding with numerous pens weighing above 30kg cwt.
Trade lambs were in reasonable supply and once again the shorter skinned portion igniting competition. Light lambs sold to steady demand from both restockers and processors. Competition for trade and heavy lambs intensified with all companies keen for a market share. There were a few more restockers interested in acquiring shorn lighter weight types.
The trade market sold to stronger competition with well-shaped recently shorn lambs attracting all buyers, and the top pens making 720c/kg cwt.
The better presented trade lambs gained $5/head, to average 682c/kg cwt.
Restockers were in the market paying from $61 to $89, while feedlots recorded a top price of $128/head.
Heavy and extra heavy lamb numbers increased significantly and all buyers operated strongly. Heavy lambs sold $6/head dearer, to average 656c/kg cwt.
Extra heavy lambs sold to stronger competition making from $175 to $247/head, to average 626c/kg cwt.
It was a plainer quality offering of mutton with all weights and grades represented. All buyers were operating in a market, which remained relatively solid. Heavy crossbred ewes made from $134 to $194.20/head, averaging 483c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes and wethers sold from $130 to $165, while trade Merino trade sheep sold from $104 to $120/head, to average 477c/kg cwt.
NVLX Agents’ Draw
Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20
1.Schubert Boers, 2. Peter Ruaro Livestock/ Rodwells, 3. Landmark, 4. Paull and Scollard, 5. Corcoran Parker, 6. Elders, 7. Brian Unthank Rural
There was a smaller yarding this sale, with only a handful of cows penned and the bulk of the offering was predominantly young cattle. The yarding consisted of supplementary fed trade cattle, a few pens of excellent C4 bullocks and a mix of store conditioned stock. Prices for most grades of stock sold at cheaper rates, with a few of the plainer unfinished cattle returning back to the paddock due to the lack lustre bidding on some lines. The best of the vealers made to 316c, while the bulk of them made from 272c to 310c/kg. The yearling steers ranged from 270c to a top of 319c/kg for some B muscled supplementary fed steers. The C muscled yearling heifer portion made from 250c to 318c/kg. The 400-500kg B and C muscled steers made from 272c to 305c/kg. The 500-600kg steers made from 246c to 285c/kg. Friesian bullocks made to 180c/kg. The very limited number of beef cows saw prices reach 190c, while the dairy portion made to 176c and the best of the heavy beef bulls made to 185c/kg.