Sheep and Lambs
Monday, February 4.
Yarding: 21,780. Lambs: 12,300. Sheep: 9480.
Agents penned over double the numbers after a two week break. The quality was mixed with a large number of light lambs suiting the feedlots and restockers. All the regular domestic and export processors were in attendance and operating in a slightly weaker market trend across most categories. Light weight lambs 12kg to 14kg eased $14 selling to the processors between $89 to $112/head. The quality of the medium and heavy trade lambs was quite good, however, they slipped between $9 to $12 selling from $120 to $168/head. Heavy export lambs sold between $160 to $200, easing $7 to $11 and the best of the extra heavy export lambs reached $219/head. Carcase prices averaged 630c to 660c/kg cwt. Restocker lambs were well supplied with the better types selling from $70 to $120/head. Overall it was a mixed quality yarding of mutton which sold to a cheaper trend. Medium weight ewes sold from $84 to $114/head. The best of the Merino 4 score ewes made to $140 and heavy crossbred ewes sold from $110 to $145/head.
26 P Holmes, Benalla 219.20
33 JW & JA Denenium, Talgarno 205.00
49 G & L Mason, Glenellen 204.00
54 D Matthews, Walbundrie 200.00
98 Nick Derrick, Bowyea 194.00
90 Daisys Past, Porepunka 194.00
24 LR & MM Hamson, Gerogery 192.00
25 M & T Sorrigan, Tamanick 190.00
24 M & D Ianson, Burrumbuttock 190.00
51 B & J Schmidt, Corowa 189.20
93 G T Mardney, Wangaratta 189.00
69 LG Hicks, Corowa 187.20
41 Darnley Nom. Rand 185.00
50 B & J Schmidt, Corowa 166.00
84 B & B McLellan, Rand 144.00
126 A E Stevenson, Tungamah 144.00
170 L Clifton & Son, Coreen 143.00
24 L & M Boswell, Gerogery 124.00
19 Queltara, Gerogery 124.00
16 Heinjus & Star, Springhurst 124.00
20 Waldeck, Henty 124.00
35 A & R Whitehead, Corryong 118.00
56 ML & BL Chambers, Rutherglen 115.00
27 Flowerdale, Bundalong 142.00
33 Buerkner & Co, Tungamah 140.00
47 G Arnold, Berrigan 140.00
48 NR McKenzie & Son, Coreen 119.20
65 B & K Jacobs, Mullengandrah 114.00
Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13: 1. Elders, 2. Schubert Boers, 3. Corcoran Parker, 4. Peter Ruaro Livestock Rodwells, 5. Brian Unthank Rural, 6. Paul & Scollard Landmark.
Thursday, February 7.
On the back of cheaper trends at other selling centres, many producers held back lambs, resulting in a decline in supply. It was a mixed quality offering across shorn trade lambs categories, while full fleeced lambs were few. Extra heavy lambs were well supplied, with good supplies weighing above 30kg carcase weight. A small field of buyers attended ,with six processor not operating. Competition was notably weaker, with buyers very selective when bidding. Restockers were at the market but were cautious and only a limited number returned to the paddock. The highlight of the sale was feedlot buyers who dominated across trade weight categories buying the bulk of the lambs. Trade lambs were in reasonable number, although processor competition was markedly weaker. The bulk of the shorn trade lambs sold $12 to $14/head cheaper to average 612c/kg cwt. New season trade lambs made from $119 to $140/head.