SCANNED Merino and crossbred ewe and ewe-lamb units continued to attract the strongest demand on AuctionsPlus over the past week.
Online sheep and lamb listings rose by 7757 head to total 50,811, with 78 percent being sold.
New South Wales’ north-west slopes and plains region offered the most sheep and lambs — 5654 head – followed closely by the Riverina with 3755.
Central west NSW dominated the buying, purchasing 12,509 head; more than three times the number of sheep and lambs sold into the Riverina.
Average prices in most categories increased, with the biggest rise reported for scanned in-lamb Merino ewes which averaged $253, up $60.
Scanned Merino ewe make $357
Merino ewe lambs sold from $134 to $260 and averaged $224. The top price was paid for two lines of 202 August-September 2019 drop ewe lambs at Mangoplah, NSW. The Bundilla blood ewes weighed 52kgs and were sold to buyers at Narromine and Tullibigeal in NSW.
Merino hoggets sold from $185 to $343, averaging $253, up $43. The top price was paid for 147 two year-old early March shorn ewes with 136 4-12 week-old Merino lambs at Upotipotpon, near Benalla in Victoria. The Toland blood ewes weighed 54.8kgs and sold to a South Australian buyer at Keith.
Young Merino ewes, 2-4 years-old, sold from $223 to $357 and averaged firm at $293. The top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Wellington for 710 scanned in-lamb Merino ewes sold at Trangie, NSW, in three lines. The 2-3 year-old ewes weighed 70kgs, carried 5cm fleeces and were in-lamb to Border Leicester rams.
Merino ewes 4 years and older sold from $169 to $361 and averaged $280, up $60. The top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Forbes for 83 4-5 year-old Gullendah Merino/Dohne blood ewes weighing 66kgs with 89 1-2 month-old Dohne cross lambs at Baldry, NSW.
Merino wethers sell to $142
Wether lambs sold from $93 to $138, averaging $118, up $17. The top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Hobbys Yard for 480 April-May 2020 drop wethers at Balranald, NSW. The lambs weighed 37kgs and had 2.5cm fleeces.
Merino wethers sold from $103 to $142, averaging $119, up $2. The top price was paid by a Victorian buyer at Epsom for 400 22-24 month-old trade wethers at Anembo, NSW. The wethers weighed 54kgs and had 2cm fleeces.
Scanned first cross ewes sell for $361
First cross lambs sold from $253 to $305 averaging $259, up $7. The top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Blayney for 53 unjoined September-October 2019 drop ewe lambs at Forbes, NSW. The lambs weighed 52kgs.
First cross ewes sold from $229 to $361 and averaged $309. The top price was paid by a NSW buyer at Narromine for 70 2-3 year-old early July shorn ewes weighing 64 kgs at Tullamore, NSW, that were scanned 154pc in-lamb to Poll Dorset rams.
More store lambs find buyers
AuctionsPlus offered 11,510 store lambs over the past week and 95pc were cleared to new owners. Prices were slightly back on last week at 353-545c/kg liveweight to average 424c, down 12c/kg.
– Poll Dorset/White Suffolk cross, 26kg, 545c/kg or $140, April/May 2020 drop, Wagga Wagga NSW
– White Suffolk cross, 25kg, 490c/kg or $120, April 2020, Hawkesdale, VIC
– Dorper wethers, 31kg, 434c/kg or $135.50, March/April 2020, Augathella, QLD
– First cross wethers, 34kg, 399c/kg or $135, March/April 2020, Lameroo, SA
– Composite cross, 37kg, 441c/kg or $161, April/June 2020, Gunning NSW
– White Suffolk cross, 43kg, 413c/kg or $177, March/April 2020, Mendooran, NSW