Report Date: 10th April 2022
Total Yarding: 4800
Less lambs were offered while mutton numbers increased as empty ewes and cull rams were sold. Each selling agency had some good heavy trade lambs off feed, however quality quickly faded-out into plainer and mixed lots. There was a reasonable percentage of light score 1 and 2 little Merino lambs in the yarding. More buyers were at the rail but competition remained very selective with buyers willing to walk-away if auctioneers tried to push prices. Except for a few pens of well finished shorn lambs that ticked the boxes for top-end domestic processing orders the market was cheaper easing by $5 to $10/head generally. Heavier lambs showed bigger price corrections at times.
There was no heavy export lambs available, the best of the heavy trades reaching $203 and the majority of sales from $188 to $199/head. The general run of medium trade lambs fluctuated from $160 to $185/head depending on quality, presentation and number in a pen. The bulk of sales were estimated between 680c to 750c/kg cwt, with just a few isolated sales of shapely domestic lambs in shorn skins higher. Light crossbred lambs with frame mostly $125 to $155/head. Some big lines of lightweight Merino lambs sold to a mix of restocking and processor support at $81 to $137/head.
Sheep prices were solid with the better lines of mutton costing buyers upwards of 580c/kg cwt. Woolly Merino ewes topped at $211.60/head.
Market reporter: Jenny Kelly