Wagga sheep and lamb market | November, 30, 2017

MARKET MATTERS: Livestock agents, vendors and buyers are pictured at the Wagga sheep and lamb sale. Picture: Nikki Reynolds
MARKET MATTERS: Livestock agents, vendors and buyers are pictured at the Wagga sheep and lamb sale. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

YARDING numbers at the sheep and lamb sale on Thursday dropped to a total of 25,000 head.

The Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre hosted an unseasonably small offering due to the forecast rain in the region.

Producers throughout the region were preparing for the upcoming deluge of more than 100mm of rain that fell in some parts. 

There were also logistical issues which prevented livestock transporters from accessing some of the stockyards and ramps on properties which had received a lot of rain. 

According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service trade lambs were in short supply.

Meanwhile, heavy lambs were available in greater numbers this sale.

Young shorn trade lambs attracted the best competition and were keenly sought by all buyers.

Not all major trade buyers operated fully. Store lambs were well supplied, however most were unshorn and prices fluctuated throughout the sale.

New season lambs to the trade were limited over all weight categories.

The bulk of the offering sold to dearer trends making from $120 to $174/head to average 626c/kg cwt.

Heavy young lambs were in reasonable supply and sold from $168 to $188/head.

Extra heavy lambs in full wool sold from $182 to $213/head to average 634c/kg cwt.

There was a mixed selection of store lambs in all weights and grades.

Light weight store lambs sold from $40 to $104, while the heavier lambs returning to the paddock sold from $107 to $128/head.

Shorn new season trade lambs were keenly sought and buyers paid a premium for the better shapes to average 645c/kg cwt, while the heavy portion sold at $174 to $230/head.

It was a mixed quality offering of mutton with all weights and grades represented. Most buyers were operating over all categories.

Heavy mutton made from $124 to $167, while the heavy wether portion topped at $150/head.

Trade sheep were keenly sought and made from $96 to $140/head and averaged 466c/kg cwt.