Farm Tender

Sheep prices kick at Ballarat

Yarding - 44,462 (+9205).
Lambs - 31,840 (+6217).
Sheep - 12,622 (+2988)
Lamb supply increased to 31,800 yarded, the quality was plain to excellent, all the usual buying group attended, the market was again very strong on the light lambs back to the paddock and specialty feeders holding firm to slightly dearer. Lambs to the trade sold to a softer tend to be $5 to $12/head cheaper but the better-quality lambs still reaching over 900c/kg cwt in places. Heavy and extra heavy lambs mostly presenting off supplementary feed were on average $10 to $15/head softer, but in places holding firm to last weeks levels. Sheep supply also increased to 12,600 yarded, the quality was plain to excellent with plenty of weight offered across all categories. Most processors were active, the market started very strong which had a positive effect causing price increases of up to $30/head in places. Heavy Merino ewes sold to a top of $238 and Merino wethers made to $246/head. Heavy crossbred mutton sold to a top of $298/head.
Light weight lambs back to the paddock, sold from $128 to $176 under 20kg, with 20kg and over making from $173 to $209/head. Lambssuiting MK orders under 18kg made from $140 to $157/head. Lambs to the trade 18 to 22kg sold from $164 to $193, 22 to 24kg, made from$190 to $225/head to range from 817c to 938c to average from 845c to 860c/kg cwt. Lambs 24 to 26kg sold from $208 to $226/head. Export4 score lambs 26 to 30kg, sold from $226 to $250 to average 840c and over 30kg made from $250 to $300/head to average 790c to 800c/kg cwt. Heavy woolly lambs sold to a top of $240/head, again with limited supply. Hoggets sold to $212 for crossbreds and Merino’s sold to $202/head.
Heavy Merino wethers over 24kg sold from $163 to $247, with a range of 700c to 740c/kg cwt, with lighter weights making from $126 to$188/head. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $188 to $238 and heavy crossbred ewes made from $161 to $298/head, with a range of 640c to740c/kg cwt.

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