Monday, August 20. Yarding: 14,769. Change: up 1075.
Lambs: 9698. Change: up 904.
Sheep: 5071. Change: up 171.
Lamb numbers were up and the quality was very good for the new season and old trade weights. Heavy lambs were in short supply and competition was strong on all lambs that were showing some yield. Close to 2,200 new season lambs were penned. The market trend was dearer. New season trade lambs were $5 to $10 dearer with the medium and heavy trade weights $180 to $216/head.
Heavy new season lambs reached $260/head. Most averaged around 900c but did reach 960c/kg in some sales. Old light 2 score lambs to process ranged from $107 to $144/head. Medium and heavy old lambs were $15 to $20 dearer and sold from $175 to $216/head. Heavy lambs were $4 to $7 dearer, selling from $208 to $249 and extra heavy lambs reached $277/head.
Carcase prices averaged 860c to 920c/kg. Merino lambs topped at $200/head. Mutton numbers were steady and the quality was mixed. Prices lifted $15/head across most grades. Light sheep sold from $35 to $100/head. Medium weight ewes $92 to $126/head. Heavy crossbreds $124 to $159 and Merino ewes reached $179/head. Most averaged 450c to 500c/kg cwt.
NEW SEASON LAMBS
54 A Morant, Tallangatta Valley 248.00
51 TE & KL Conroy, Nathalia 240.00
67 JD Ross-Soden & Sons, Strathmerton 235.00
42 GA & GC Reid, Almonds 216.60
49 NS & ME Dalgliesh, Berrigan 215.00
93 J & L Lloyd, Brocklesby 212.60
79 D & L Spence, Springhurst 212.00
84 DJ & SL Godde, Culcairn 208.20
50 Shady Park Ag, Berrigan 200.00
40 KW & IM Thomas, Walla Walla 195.00
41 D & S Steinfort, Katunga 194.00
12 A Clear, Walbundrie 276.20
10 R & J Talbot & Sons, Corowa 274.20
57 RJ Lubke, Alma Park 270.20
9 N & M Briggs, Lilliput 269.20
38 T & C Marriot, Barooga 249.60
68 Shady Park Ag, Berrigan 200.00
24 Coolabray Pastoral, Finley 162.20
62 KD Williams, Brimin 150.00
84 Port Malvin, Illabo 146.00
103 GA & GC Reid, Almonds 159.20
22 AF & JE Cavanagh, Mulwala 156.20
27 RM Vonthein, Walbundrie 152.00
65 Queltara, Gerogery 142.00
49 NS & ME Dalgleish, Berrigan 175.20
94 D Cooper, Mulwala 170.00
55 C & K Smith, Oaklands 165.00
Thursday, August 23. Yarding: 46,000. Change: up 8170
Lambs 30,000. Change: up 5990.
Sheep: 16,000. Change: up 2180.
Numbers lifted as supplies of older lambs continue, along with bigger numbers of new season lambs under 13kg cwt. Quality across heavy lamb categories was good, however, lambs weighing above 26kg were limited. Trade lambs were in reasonable supply, with many 2 score trade lambs in the offering. There were 11,600 new season lambs offered, with half the offering in store condition. All light lambs sold to stronger demand to processors and restockers. The trade market sold to stronger competition with buyers forced to pay premiums for lambs with shape and finish. Generally, new season and old lambs sold $5/head dearer. There were plenty of new season trade lambs, making from 930c to 950c to average 911c/kg. Old trade lambs sold from $165 to $235/head to average 890c/kg cwt. Store lambs varied in price depending on breed and weight, with the bulk making from $49 to $132/head. New season heavy and extra heavy lambs started the bidding, with the top pen climbing above 1,000c/kg cwt. The bulk of the heavy new season lambs sold from $231 to $292/head. Heavy and extra heavy lambs sold from $250 to $318, with a single pen of 6 lambs recording a top price of $320/head. It was a mixed quality offering of mutton, with all weights and grades represented. This week, all buyers operated in a fluctuating market. Heavy sheep prices lifted $6 to $10/head to average 379c to 444c/kg cwt. Trade weight sheep were well supplied, making from $75 to $118/head to average 448c/kg cwt. Light sheep made from $44 to $76.20/head.
Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29: 1. Elders, 2. Peter Ruaro Livestock/ Rodwells, 3. Brian Unthank Rural, 4. Schubert Boers, 5. Landmark, 6. Paull and Scollard, 7. Corcoran Parker.