MERINO wether lambs sold to $135, Merino ewes made to $151.50 and Boer bucks sold for $250 ahead in a reduced AuctionsPlus offering last week.
The sheep, lamb and goat offerings on the online saleyard platform fell 15,360 to 46,987.
AuctionsPlus technical operations officer Matt Cotton said the lower numbers didn’t deter buyers, with a 74 percent clearance achieved from successful bidders among the 492 users who logged in.
Boer cross goats from Longreach were once again a highlight of the week, with 10 Boer bucks offered by David M. Owens through Elders Longreach selling for $250.
Merino wether lambs sell to $135
Merino wether lambs sold to an average of $101, ranging from $64.50 to $135. The online platform cleared 83pc of the 8965 lambs offered. The top price was paid by a South Australian buyer for 731 Marlu blood lambs offered by Marlu Pastoral of Dadswells Bridge in Victoria. The lambs weighed 40 kgs liveweight and had 5.5cm fleece. Numbers were bolstered by 4180 Merino wether lambs from Jigsaw Farms, Hensley Park, near Hamilton in Victoria. The lambs averaged $89 and most sold to a buyer at Keith in SA.
The 1590 Merino wethers offered averaged $103 and sold from $85-$128 for a total clearance. The top price was paid for 210 two year-old Egelabra blood wethers offered by T.J. & A.E. Oliver at Talwood in Queensland. The 52 kg wethers had a 5cm fleece and sold to a buyer at Tamworth in NSW. Another highlight was a line of 32-34 month-old wethers offered by the Hollow Family Partnership at Warialda Rail, NSW, which sold to a Tamworth buyer for $124. The wethers weighed 54 kgs and had a 7.5cm fleece.
Merino ewes make $151.50
There was a 67pc clearance of the Merino ewes offered, which averaged $122 and sold from $95-$151.50. This top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Carinda for a line of unjoined 4.5 year-old Pooginook Merino blood ewes offered by Bimbil P/L at St George in Queensland. These ewes weighed 60kgs and had a 6.5cm fleece.
Crossbred lambs still in demand
There was a 93pc clearance of the 3701 crossbred lambs offered on AuctionsPlus last week. Prices ranged from 325-488c/kg liveweight and averaged 394c/kg, 12 cents up on last week. Ongoing demand for crossbred wool and meat are no doubt contributing to their continued success, Mr Cotton said.
The top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Cowra for a line of Poll Dorset cross lambs offered by D.G. & P.M. Cummins at Taralga, NSW. The lambs weight 27kgs liveweight and had a 2.5cm fleece.