AUCTIONSPLUS’ online sheep and lamb offering dropped 18,429 to 92,423 last week, following rain in several areas.
AuctionsPlus said buying Interest remained strong, with 694 unique registered users logging in across the week’s four sales, including processors and restockers.
The week’s lamb sale offered 51,297 head and achieved a 74 percent clearance. The highest bidding activity came from New South Wales, where bidders bought 45pc of the lots sold. South Australian participation also increased, making up 28pc of successful purchases.
Merino wether lambs sold from $51.50 to $123 and averaged $88, down $10 on the previous week. The top price was paid for a line of 40kg June/July drop lambs at Savernake in New South Wales. They sold to a buyer at Colleambally, NSW.
Merino wethers and hoggets sold from $53 to $110 and averaged $85.50. The top price went to a line of 500 wether hoggets at Willaura in Victoria. The 12-13 month-old hoggets weighed 42.5kg and were bought by a buyer in Ararat, Victoria.
Merino ewe hoggets sold from $80 to $180.5 and averaged $140. The top price was paid for a line of 37kg hoggets at Manildra, NSW, and went to a Victorian buyer at Ballarat. Another highlight was a line of 46kg hoggets at Ruffy in Victoria that sold to NSW buyer at Wagga Wagga for $172.50. Grown Merino ewes sold from $72 to $187 and averaged $126. The top price went to a line of 2.5-2.6 year old, 54kg ewes at Keyneton in South Australia, which sold to an intrastate buyer at Mount Pleasant.
First cross ewe hoggets sold from $164 to $306 and averaged $218. A line of 69kg hoggets at Keith in South Australia reached the top price with a local buyer. First cross ewes made from $145 to $225 and averaged $193. The top price as paid for a line of 88kg three year-old at Wakool, NSW, which sold to a Victorian buyer at Wycheproof.
Processors buying up online
Processors were again active, purchasing a total of 2775 head across seven lots. A top price of $149.50 or 705c/kg cwt was paid for a line of first cross trade wether lambs. About 75pc of the 890 sheep and lambs listed in Tasmania were sold. A Tasmania buyer at Cressy also paid $86 for a line of Merino wethers from Apsley, Victoria. The four year-old wethers weighed 54 kg.
Crossbred lamb numbers dropped online last week with 21,680 head offered. Highlights included White Suffolk cross lambs at Gundagai, NSW selling for $136.50. The lambs were 38kg and were sold to a Tasmanian buyer at Western Junction. Poll Dorset/Border Leicester/Merino mixed sex lambs from Crookwell, NSW sold for $135.50. These lambs weighed 39kg and were sold to a Wagga Wagga buyer.
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