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Dearer first up Sheep and Lamb market at Ballarat this week

  • By: "Prime" Ag News
  • Jan 11, 2019

Yarding - 32,357.
Lambs - 18,257.
Sheep - 14,100.

The first lamb and sheep sale for 2019 saw a reduced number of 18,257 lambs and 14,100 sheep yarded. Quality was mixed, and ranged from average to very good, especially across the shorn lamb penning. The regular buying group attended and operated, with more urgency in a dearer market. Unshorn lambs generally sold to $10/head, up on the last 2018 sale, and the shorn lambs of Lucerne and fodder crops presenting in strong condition, sold to $15/head dearer, and more at times. Heavy unshorn lambs reached $220, and the shorn lambs made to $201/head. Restockers were active at dearer levels, and paid from $88 to $151 for unshorn lambs and paid from $94 to $135/head for shorn lambs. They also paid from $94 to $134/head for Merino wethers, spring shorn.

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Light weight unshorn 2 score young lambs sold from $95 to $122/head. The light trade 2 and 3 score lambs sold from $120 to $153/head and averaged around 720c/kg cwt. Trade weight 3 and 4 score lambs sold from $146 to $168, with the heavier weights selling from $168 to $182/head, they ranged from 670c to 750c and averaged around 715c/kg cwt. Heavy 3 and 4 score unshorn lambs sold from $180 to $220/head. Shorn trade weights sold from $145 to $180/head and averaged 710c/kg cwt. The export weights sold from $117 to $201/head to average around 715c/kg cwt. Heavy crossbred hoggets ranged from $112 to $187, and the Merinos sold from $128 to $135/head.  

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There were 14,100 sheep yarded covering all weights and grades, with some excellent large runs of both Merino and crossbred sheep penned. Most of the regular buying group operated strongly on the increased penning, resulting in a dearer market. Most sheep sold from $10 to $15/head dearer, and the heavier crossbred sheep were from $3 to $5/head up when compared to the last market. Light weight 1 and 2 score sheep sold from $58 to $91.20 and averaged around 420c/kg cwt, with very light sheep selling from $15 to $58/head. Medium weight 2 and 3 score sheep sold from $73 to $118/head, and ranged from 360c to 470c, with the Merino mutton averaging around 430c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $114 to $135, heavy Merino wethers sold from $115 to $120 and the medium weights sold from $84 to $115/head, the heavy Merino sheep averaged from 430c to 460c/kg cwt. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $95 to $150/head at around 410c/kg cwt. Crossbred wethers made from $112 to $142, and rams sold from $20 to $120/head