More cattle, fewer sheep at this week’s Forbes livestock sales

Numbers declined at Monday’s cattle sale with lambs showing the biggest decrease. There were 4,100 new season lambs penned and quality was fair. There were good numbers of finished lambs on offer along with the plainer types. The usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market.

Light new season lambs sold from $118 to $125/head. Trade weights were $6 dearer and more in places with prices ranging from $135 to $159/head. Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were also $4 to $6/head dearer. Heavy lambs sold from $154 to $173/head. Extra heavy weights ranged in price from $170 to $194/head. Carcase prices averaged from 642c to 673c/kg.

Numbers declined at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale with lambs showing the biggest decrease. There were 4,100 new season lambs penned and quality was fair. There were good numbers of finished lambs on offer along with the plainer types. The usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market.

Light new season lambs sold from $118 to $125/head. Trade weights were $6 dearer and more in places with prices ranging from $135 to $159/head. Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were also $4 to $6/head dearer. Heavy lambs sold from $154 to $173/head. Extra heavy weights ranged in price from $170 to $194/head. Carcase prices averaged from 642c to 673c/kg.

Old trade weight lambs sold from $122 to $149/head. Heavy lambs received from $152 to $163/head. Extra heavy weights ranged from $157 to $192/head.

MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service.