Sharp increase in lamb yarding at Central West Livestock Exchange

Numbers increased at Tuesday’s sheep and lamb sale with both lambs and mutton showing the increase. Lamb quality was reduced from the previous sale with a larger percentage of plainer lambs penned, although there were some well-presented new season lambs offered. There was less weight yarded than in the previous sale. The usual buyers were present.

Light new season lambs sold from $117 to $125/head. Trade weights were firm to $5/head easier, related to the decrease in quality offered. Prices ranged from $127 to $157/head. Heavy and extra heavy weights were also easier due to the quality offered. Heavy lambs sold from $151 to $168 and extra heavy weights from $162 to $183/head. Carcase prices averaged 630c to 644c/kg cwt.

Numbers eased at Monday’s cattle sale and quality continues to be very mixed. There was an offering of well finished grain assisted cattle yarded along with the plainer feeder types. Yearlings made up the majority of the offering. The usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market.

Vealer steers and heifers sold from 293c to 311c/kg. Yearling steers to processors were back 5c to 10c, with middle weights selling from 270c to 308c and heavy weights ranged from 266c to 312c/kg. Middle weight steers to feed held firm to sell from 265c to 319c, while heavy weights were 10c easier, ranging from 260c to 318c/kg. The heifer portion was also 5c to 10c/kg easier but fluctuated with quality. Those to processors received from 250c to 310c, while feeders paid from 256c to 295c/kg.

National Livestock Reporting Agency