CROSSBRED lamb and first cross ewe lamb prices and values for some ewe categories improved on AuctionsPlus last week.
The online commercial sheep and lamb listings fell 43 percent to total 24,893 head as listings and demand were again subdued, AuctionsPlus said.
The final clearance across the week was 48pc, down 19pc. The value over reserve also fell quite substantially, averaging $6 above set reserves, $13 down.
The average price for crossbred lambs rose 21pc, or $15, to $85/head, and first cross ewe lamb prices averaged $139, up $36.
Crossbred lamb listings continued their yoyo trend, with offerings falling 41pc to 3419 head, while selective purchasing resulted in a 51pc clearance. Prices ranged from $31-$110. At Boorowa in New South Wales, 540 mixed sex March/April 2023 drop Poll Dorset cross lambs weighing 31kg sold for $95, or 307c/kg lwt to a buyer in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
The strong average price for first cross ewe lambs was aided by selective purchasing as the clearance dropped to 32pc for the 2400 head offered. They sold from $100-$180. At Grong Grong in NSW, 168 June/July 2022 drop lambs weighing 66kg made $180.
The larger offering of 600 joined first cross ewes averaged $190. At Bridgewater North in Victoria, 600 13-14 month-old first cross ewes sold in four lots for $189-$191 to a buyer in Clunes, Victoria.
The average price of unjoined shedding breed ewes jumped $104 to $222 for the 1026 head offered. At Narromine in NSW, 8 10-11 month-old Australian White/White Dorper ewe lambs weighing 48kg sold for $120/head, or 251c/kg lwt, to a buyer in Eumungerie, NSW.
Note: Prices as at 5pm Thursday, 27th July 2023