Report Date: 29th November 2023
Total Yarding: 9,700
Lamb supply was back a little with 6,100 and an increase in sheep numbers to 3,600 head this week in Horsham. Quality ranged from average to good with a mix of all weights penned. The usual buying group attended and operated in a dearer market with more interest and competition. Lambs sold from $10 to $15/head up on last week with heavy lambs selling $5 to $10/head dearer. The medium and heavy trade weight young lambs sold from $121 to $136, heavy young lambs sold from $166 to $174/head. Shorn young lambs sold from $105 to $134 with the old lambs selling mostly from $122 to $149/head. The few Merino lambs sold from $77 to $91/head. Restocking lambs were dearer and sold from $58 to $92 with lighter weights from $23 to $55/head. Sheep sold to a dearer trend with more buying strength to be $5/head dearer on the lighter weights $10 to $20/head up on heavier weights and to $30/head dearer in places. Merino ewes sold to $85, heavy crossbred ewes sold to $75/head.
Light weight young lambs sold from $42 to $90/head and averaged 440c/kg cwt. Light trade weight young lambs sold from $91 to $114/head to average 520c/kg cwt. Medium and heavy trade weight young lambs sold from $121 to $136/head and average 525c/kg cwt. Export weight young lambs sold from $143 to $164/head and average 540c/kg cwt.
Extra heavy weights sold from $166 to $174/head averaging 515c/kg cwt.
Light weight sheep sold from $10 to $36/head. Medium weight sheep sold from $25 to $50/head with the Merino mutton averaging 200c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino sheep sold from $50 to $85/head ranging from 215c to 230c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers sold from $80 to $91/head averaging 225c/kg cwt. Crossbred ewes sold from $47 to $75/head at 160c to 170c/kg cwt. Rams sold to $20/head.
Market Reporter – Graham Pymer.