Hamilton Sheep Market Report

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Report Date: 22nd May 2024

Total Yarding: 17,900


Hamilton agents yarded 11,000 lambs along with 6,000 sheep representing a decrease of some 3,000 lambs and 6,400 sheep on the previous market. Quality was not up to last weeks standard being more mixed and a larger more noticeable tail in the offering of smaller and plainer conditioned lambs. The sheep offering consisted of mainly medium to heavy weight trade Merino’s and crossbred sheep and again a tail was evident.

Most of the processors were present and fully engaged. Rectocker and feeder interest improved with the later paying up to $130/head. The market was stronger for the better trade lambs by $10 to $15/head, however the lightweights under 18kg, 1 and 2 score gave up last weeks gains to be $20/head cheaper. Most lambs to the trade were realizing between 710c and 800c/kg cwt. The best heavy lambs topped at $258/head.

Light 12 to 16kg lambs sold from $31 to $130/head with lambs to the trade 18 to 22kg selling from $148 to $168/head with the 22 to 26kg selling from $176 to $188/head. Hoggets topped at $146/head.

The sheep market was fully firm for heavy and medium weight sheep gaining $10 to $12/head with the very light sheep over 15kg remaining firm. The general run of mutton was making from 300c to 360c/kg cwt. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to $124with Merino ewes to $92/head. Merino wethers sold to $110/head with terminal sires to $70 and Merino rams to $45/head.

Market Reporter Chris Agnew.

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