AUCTIONSPLUS’ sheep and lamb offering this week increased for the second consecutive week, with numbers rising by 2 percent to total 114,152 head.
A gradually increasing supply of new season lambs represented 63pc of the catalogue this week, which had averages trend downward across five of the six lamb categories. Merino categories across the offering all registered lower averages this week.
Central West NSW was the top listing region with 24,764 head, followed by the Riverina with 14,564 head offered.
Crossbred lambs sold from $110 to $196, to average $163/head – back $1 from last week. In c/kg terms, rates were back 23c/kg. Clearance rates softened from last week, at 89pc of lines sold. The category offered a total of 24,947 head – 22pc of the total catalogue with Central West NSW offering 6194 head.
Merino wether lambs totalled 28,406 head this week, with the category averaging $5 cheaper at $140/head, back 26c/kg to 424c/kg. Prices ranged from $93 to $176/head, with the NSW Riverina offering 7087 head in the category.
The top price of $176/head consisted of a line of Poll Merino store wether lambs from the Riverina, which were Apr 21’ drop and averaged 41kg liveweight.
First cross ewe lambs had a total offering of 9188 head this week, with the category averaging $12 higher, at $312/head. Clearance rates also increased from last week, with robust demand facilitating 89pc of the offering selling at auction.
Merino ewe hoggets sold from $210 to $392, to average $291/head – back $5 from last week. The category offered a total of 11,395 head – 32pc lower than last week’s offering, with demand for the category also slowing as clearance rates slipped to 68pc.
NSM first cross ewes averaged $343/head this week – a $39 increase from last week with the category offering 5887 head. Across the NSM categories, first cross ewes had the highest clearance rate, at 75pc. The top price of $427/head from Central West NSW consisted of two lines of 12-13-month-old ewes totalling 396 head, which weighed an average of 69.8kg liveweight.
Another impressive record was broken this week, with a line of Australian White ewes and lambs selling for $2145/head – knocking the previous record of $1276/head out of the park. Offered by Tattykeel near Tarcutta in the Riverina, the lot consisted of 15 NSM commercial ewes and 20 lambs at foot. The 12-13-month-old ewes averaged 66kg, and the lambs 15kg.
NOTE: Prices as at 5pm, Thursday 23 September.