Sheep and Lambs
Monday, April 8
Yarding: 22,285. Change: up 7024. Lambs: 16,835. Change: up 6575. Sheep: 5450. Change: up 449.
Numbers were significantly higher off the back of good price lifts last week and some good rains across some of the supply area. The quality was mixed, with all weights and grades on offer, with some well finished supplementary fed lambs offered. All regular processors were present and despite the extra numbers, competition was strong and resulted in some good price trends in some categories. Light weight lambs weighing 12-18kg were firm to $9 easier, selling to the processors from $72 to $130/head. There were some excellent shorn trade lambs, with buyers happy to go that extra mile for the well finished lambs offered. Trade weight lambs lifted $2 in places, with the light and medium trade making from $134 to $167, as the heavy trade sold from $163 to $182/head.
Well finished heavy lambs suiting the export and domestic processors also lifted $2, making from $178 to $194, while the extra heavy export lambs increased $9 to $11 to make from $190 to $252/head, averaging 702c/kg cwt. There was a good offering of lambs suiting the restockers and feeder buyers, with the better lambs to the restocker making from $30 to $143, while the lambs going to the feed made from $115 to $144/head. Some good hoggets were offered today, topping at $195/head. Overall, it was a mixed quality yarding of mutton resulting in a price correction in places. Medium weight 2 and 3 score ewes sold from $60 to $132/head. The best of the Merino 4 score ewes made to $170 and heavy crossbred ewes sold from $160 to $200/head.
45 MW & KM Lavis, Balldale, 252.00
33 BF O'Connor, Jindera, 250.00
20 G & L Twamley, Laceby, 240.00
73 M Luries, P/L Katamatite, 235.00
60 Feuerherot P/C, Culcairn, 233.20
100 Calool Co, Culcairn, 228.00
59 KW & IM Thomas, Walla Walla, 228.00
29 T Leitch, Boweya North, 225.20
48 JM Hermiston, Conargo, 221.00
33 SJ and JR Wood, Talgarno, 214.00
122 Sammon Bros, Bungeet, 206.20
71 JL & LM Burns and Sons, Burrumbuttock, 206.00
84 G Seymour, Rutherglen, 205.00
118 Buerkner & Co, Tungamah, 178.20
67 WA Hicks P/L, Lowesdale, 175.00
49 DG & HT Lieschke, Pleasant Hills, 172.20
82 RJ & FL Glover, Wilby, 170.00
94 M & C Doyle, Burramine, 170.00
28 Newfield Farms, Rennie, 168.00
193 LFT Burns, Burrumbuttock, 159.20
75 Flinders Gem, Wilby, 200.00
65 J & B Williams, Norong, 200.00
48 KR Fisher, Barnawartha, 200.00
73 MC & GM Gall, Shepparton, 194.00
37 Ross Macartney, Mulwala, 190.00
157 B & M McLean, Hay, 170.00
10 DN & GR Parkinson P/L, Table Top, 169.20
53 D & K Mills, Corowa, 168.00
47 JL & LM Burns and Sons, Burrumbuttock, 165.00
97 J Scheider, Wilby, 150.20
Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17: 1. Paull & Scollard Landmark, 2. Brian Unthank Rural, 3. Peter Ruaro Livestock/ Rodwells, 4. Elders, 5. Schubert Boers, 6. Corcoran Parker.
Thursday, April 11
Yarding: 47,000. Change: up 10,000.
Numbers climbed owing to the Easter holiday break next week and no sale the following Thursday due to the Anzac public holiday. It was a good quality yarding of trade and heavy lambs with 21 buyers lined up at the rail, all wanting a market share.
Restocker activity was minimal while feedlot buyers dominated purchasing lambs weighing up to 26kg cwt. Light weight MKL bag lambs sold to fluctuating price trends with most of the competition driven by feedlot demand. Domestic buyer demand ramped up, with major domestic processors dictating prices for the shorter skinned well shaped lambs, 22kg to 24kg. Prices were up to $5 dearer with the bulk of the heavy trade lambs, 22kg to 24kg, making from $160 to $182/head.
Light and medium trade weights averaged 713c to 732c/kg cwt. Store lambs were in reasonable supply however restockers were unable to match feedlot competition. Shorn lambs suitable to feed on commanded premiums, selling at $135 to $177/head Competition for heavy and extra heavy lambs remained steady.