AGENTS at Dubbo have claimed a new national record with a line of heavy Merino lambs selling for $307.20 a head.
The price was achieved for a line of 217 Merino lambs sold by the team at CPS Thomas Ballhausen and Irvine.
The Glendemar multi-purpose blood lambs were offered on behalf of Tooraweenah vendors Jaimie and Lara Zell, “Widgerie”.
The lambs were purchased in December as 28 kilogram wethers and weighed an average of 71 kilograms live weight prior to sale at Dubbo.
They had been in the Zell’s feedlot since March, on a ration including barley and chickpea gradings.
Mr Zell said they generally fed lambs for up to three months but the current dry season meant lambs were being fed longer.
“I try to keep the lambs in the paddock for as long as I can,” he said.
Mr Zell has been finishing his lambs in the feedlot for almost 12 years, aiming to have the lambs ready to sell during the winter peak in the market.
The Zell’s run 900 Merino ewes, joining them to White Suffolk rams and buy in anywhere from 600 to 1000 lambs per year to finish in their feedlot.
Numbers almost doubled at Monday’s market compared to the previous week, with almost 20,000 lambs penned.
Lambs overall were firm to cheaper, selling to $159/hd for light weights and $255/hd for trade weights.
Heavy weight crossbreds sold to a top of $344/hd. Hoggets sold to $220/hd.
The mutton market was dearer for heavy weight pens, selling to $218 for full fleece Merino ewes and $220 for crossbreds.
Merino wethers sold to $235/hd.
Source: Dubbo Stock and Station Agents Pty Ltd