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Prices up for Lamb, less demand for Sheep at Ballarat

Yarding - 14,280 (+7480).
Lambs - 6890 (+3290).
Sheep - 7390 (+4190)

Lamb supply was up this week to 6,890, the quality was plain to very good, not all the usual buying group attended but more competition from export and domestic buyers seen price increase from $10 to $15/head, which reflected in the weight and quality offered across the yarding. Heavy old lambs sold to a top of $226, a few more suckers yarded to sell to $182/head.

Suckers sold back to the paddock from $58 to $160/head. Suckers to the trade 18 to 22kg sold from $138 to $168, while 22 to 24kg sold from$166 to $179, the 24kg and over sold to $182/head, to average 725c/kg cwt. Old lambs back to the paddock, sold to $95/head. Trade lambs 18 to 22kg, sold from $125 to $152/head. Lambs 22 to 24kg, sold from $144 to $168, lambs 24 to 26kg, sold from $161 to $181, most lambs made from 613c to 725c, to average 680c/kg cwt. Export score 4 lambs, 26 to 30kg sold from $172 to $195 and lambs 30kg and over sold from $192 to $226/head. Merino lambs 16kg and over, sold from $86 to $157 and Merino Lambs back to the paddock sold from $76 to $96/head.

Sheep numbers also increased to 7,390 yarded the quality was plain to excellent, with a lot more weight offered this week, not all buyers were active, up to $15/head back on last week’s levels. Heavy Merino ewes 18kg and over sold from $99 to $183/head, to average around530c/kg cwt. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $128 to $180/head, to average 505c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers sold from $128 to $195/head, to average 535c/kg cwt. Rams sold to $110 for Merino’s and $50/head for crossbred’s.


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