SHEEP producers chasing lambs on the ground this year lifted prices in select categories on AuctionsPlus last week.
Sheep and lamb listings eased slightly to 69,917 head, down 2247 head, on the national online selling platform.
The average price for ewes with lambs rose by $93 to $417, with the lines offered making $188 to $439.
The top price was paid for a line of two year-old first cross ewes weighing 73kgs with 3-5 month-old White Suffolk cross lambs weighing 35kgs from the Argyle Farm Trust at Drung in Victoria. They sold to a Horsham buyer.
Scanned in-lamb Merino ewes had an average price rise of $12 to $256 for the week.
Central western NSW producers secured about 20 percent of last week’s online offering, with 13,500 head going to region. The Riverina region of NSW offered more 10,000 head last week.
Merino ewe lambs sold from $173 to $214, up $15 to average $177. From Temora, NSW offered by A/c ‘ME & TA Connolly’ a line of 9-10-month-old Bundilla blood future breeder ewe lambs weighing 59kgs secured the top price.
Merino ewe hoggets make to $270
Merino ewe hoggets averaged $230, down $2. They sold from $185 to $270 and the top price was returned by A/c ‘RR & A Hemsley’ at Girral, NSW with a line of 15-16-month-old Roseville Park blood future breeder ewe hoggets weighing 57kgs. From Kimba, SA a line of 15-16-month-old Glendamar blood ewe hoggets weighing 51kgs offered by A/c ‘MR & KL Peters’ sold for $248.
Young Merino breeders (aged 2-4 years) sold from $190 to $201, averaging $193, up $17. The top price was offered by A/c ‘Mallee Slopes Pastoral’ from Wynarka, SA with a line of 74kg 3-year-old NSM ewes with 2” skins.
Proven Merino breeders (aged 4+ years) sold from $125 to $220, averaging $161 easing $6. From Moulamein, NSW A/c ‘Larnoo Nominees’ offered a line of 6-year-old NSM ewes who secured the top price. The 81kg ewes have Boonooke blood with ½” skins.
Merino wether lambs sell to $141
Merino wether lambs were in high demand achieving a 96pc clearance rate, with 24,000 head selling from $81 to $141, averaging $110. A run of 900 wether lambs achieved the top price from Wilcannia, NSW offered by A/c ‘Jeremy McClure’. With ½” skins, these 9-10-month-old wethers weigh 54kgs and will travel to Murray Bridge, SA.
Merino wethers sold from $115 to $124, averaging firm at $118. The top price was returned by a line of 55kg wethers from Yambuk, VIC offered by A/c ‘BP & ME Smith’. These two year-old wethers have Toland and Connewarren bloodlines and will travel to Hamilton, VIC.
First cross ewe lambs sold from $152 to $337 up $5 to average $267 and achieved an 88pc clearance rate. A line of 10-11-month-old NSM ewes weighing 50kgs with 1 and ½” skins achieved the top price from Euchareena, NSW offered by A/c ‘DF & BG Brazier’.
Store lamb offering reduces
The number of store lambs offered last week dropped to 8982. Despite the smaller offering, a 100pc clearance rate was achieved. Highlights included:
– May/Jun ‘20 drop, 30kg, Merino/Poll Dorset mixed sex suckers from JUNEE, New South Wales sold for 448c or $133
– May/Jun ‘20 drop, 29kg, Merino/White Suffolk mixed sex suckers from VICTOR HARBOUR, South Australia sold for 414c or $120
– Apr/May ‘20 drop, 36kg, Border Leicester/Merino/Poll Dorset mixed sex suckers from WAGGA WAGGA, New South Wales sold for 405c or $147
– May/Jun ‘20 drop, 35kg, Merino/Charollais Composite mixed sex suckers from CULCAIRN, New South Wales sold for 372c or $129
– May/Jun ‘20 drop, 34kg, Poll Dorset/Poll Merino mixed sex suckers from KEITH, South Australia sold for 360c or $122
– Apr/May ‘20 drop, 35kg, Suffolk/Merino mixed sex suckers from CONCORDIA, South Australia sold for 337c or $118