Lambs top $344 at the Forbes Livestock Exchange

The lamb price record fell again at the Forbes Livestock Exchange this week with a top price of $344 a head for a pen of 25 lambs.

The lamb price record fell again at the Forbes Livestock Exchange this week with a top price of $344 a head for a pen of 25 lambs.

Records continue to tumble for quality lambs sold through the Forbes Livestock Exchange.

This week a new record was set for fat lambs with a pen of 25 offered on account of Mal Cruikshank selling for $344 a head bettering a record set the previous week by $14 a head.

This week's record is the fouth occasion in as many months that a new record for fat lambs has been set at the exchange.

The record breaking run began in May when a pen realised $320 a head.

Lamb numbers eased this sale, with lambs showing the decrease.

Lamb quality was similar to that of the previous sale, with good numbers of supplementary fed finished lambs on offer.

There were some useful lines of new season lambs penned and these sold from $203 to $240/head.

Old light lambs made from $141 to$166/head.

Trade weight lambs were $3 to $5 dearer with prices varying from $164 to $235/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs heldreasonably steady.

Heavy lambs to 26kg sold from $225 to $266, with extra heavy weights making from $266 to the record of $344/head.

Carcase prices averaged from 940c to 990c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers were similar to the previous sale and quality continues to be very mixed. Prices remain strong, with Merino ewes making from $120 to $215/head. Crossbred ewes varied in price from $140 to $200, with Dorper ewes receiving from $118 to $183/head. Merino wethers sold from $131 to $200/head.

Cattle numbers halved

Numbers almost halved at the cattle sales on July 8 with quality similar to that of previous sales.

There were some good runs of supplementary fed cattle on offer, along with the plainer types with an improved offering of cows available.

Yearling steers to processors lifted 6c to make from 260c to 312c/kg. Those to feed were 10c to 15c/kg better. Middle weights varied in price from 260c to 329c and heavies sold from 280c to 334c/kg. Restockers were active on the lighter types, paying from 240c to 270c/kg. The heifer portion to processors was 8c better to receive from 246c to 320c/kg. Those to feed increased 25c to 30c to make from 268c to 288c/kg. Heavy steers and bullocks were limited, making from 240c to 310c/kg. Grown heifers received from 230c to 280c/kg. Cows increased 15c to 20c, with heavy 2 scores receiving from 202c to 245c, as 3 scores sold from 236c to 276c/kg.

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