AUCTIONSPLUS sheep and lamb listings increased for the second consecutive week, up four percent from last week to 57,578 head.
The increased offering was matched by strong buyer interest, as the majority of the indicative categories registered either a dearer trend or very little change on last week.
New season lambs continued to increase in number, making up over half of the total lamb listings and achieving a 98pc clearance rate.
The overall lamb offering for the week decreased by 5pc to 32,998 head – down from the 34,744 head listed last week.
First cross ewe lambs registered the biggest increase in prices this week, up $28 to average $262/head, for the 3783 head offered.
Composite/other breed lambs averaged $24 higher this week, to $301/head – achieving a clearance of 82pc for the 1679 head offered.
The shedding breed lamb offering increased by 75pc this week, to 3068 head – with a 99pc clearance. However, with the increased numbers, average price fell $43, to $227/head.
The top priced lot for the week was a line of 31 Australian White future breeder ewe lambs, averaging 32kg liveweight and selling for $351/head from Goulburn, NSW.
Crossbred listings softened slightly this week to 13,138 head, down from 14,075 head the week before.
While the clearance rate for the category remained strong at 98pc, average price slipped $7, to average $157/head for the week.
Merino wether lamb listings sold strongly, with an 84pc clearance for the 9457 head offered, to average $160, up $5/head from last week.
Joined ewe supplies increased this week, led by SIL Merino ewes with an offering of almost 7000 head. Demand remained high, with an 84pc clearance achieved, averaging $1 higher, at $259/head.
The SIL Composite/other breed ewe offering remained robust, offering 3401 head for the week – up $14 to average $299/head.
SIL shedding breed ewes sold well again this week, delivering a 78pc clearance for the 1600 head offered – while the category registered an increase in average price, up $124, to $573.
The top priced lot in the Tuesday National Sheep sale was for a line of 40 SIL Australian White ewes, selling for $845/head. The four-year-old ewes averaging 89kg liveweight, were from Tarcutta, NSW. A further 175 ewes from the same vendor, similar weight and age, made $810.
Prices as at 5pm, Thursday 29 July.