STORE sheep demand strengthened on AuctionsPlus last week, with prices and clearances increasing in several categories.
The national clearance for the 66,640 sheep and lambs offered was 88 percent.
The new season lamb officering increased to 40,650 head, with most being crossbred and Merino wether lambs.
The Riverina region of New South Wales was the largest listing region again this week, accounting for 25pc of the catalogue. Purchasing was again dominated by Central Western NSW, with 15,366 head returning to the region, highlighting continued restocking demand.
Merino ewe lambs clear for $180 average
Merino ewe lambs achieved a 100pc clearance and sold from $128 to $226 to average $180, an increase of $3. A/c ‘JK Hagger & Son’ from Jamestown, SA offered the top priced lot of 160 Merino ewe lambs. The future breeders are Jun-Jul 19’ drop, weigh 59kgs, have a 25mm skin on their backs and will travel to Moama, NSW.
Merino ewe hoggets also experienced a dearer price trend, increasing $15 to average $245. They sold from $170 to $306, and the top price was achieved by 425 Merino ewe hoggets, offered by A/c ‘Woodpark Poll Merino Stud’ from Hay, NSW. The August shorn ewes are 13-15 months old, weigh 60kgs and are heading north to Narromine, NSW.
Older Merino ewe prices lift
Young Merino ewes 2-4 years-old sold from $173 to $206, averaging $190, $3 down. The top price was attained by 410 NSM Merino ewes by A/c ‘HA & JM Watkin’ from Hillston, NSW. The Ridgeway Advance and Glenlee Park blood ewes have a 20mm skin on their back, are 4 years old and weigh 61kgs.
Proven Merino ewes four years and older made $124 to $216 and averaged $178, up $17. A/c ‘Lal Lal’ from Trundle, NSW with their offering of 300 NSM ewes topped the category. The Plevna blood ewes have a 5mm skin, are 2.5-5.5 years old, weigh 67kgs and will remain locally.
Merino wether and wether lamb prices strengthen
Merino wether lambs were met by solid demand, and the 28,052 head offered achieved a 96pc clearance. Prices increased to from $83 to $150, averaging $118, up $8. The highest price of the category hailed from Nyngan, NSW with 750 trade wether lambs, run out the gate into two lots of 375 head, offered by A/c ‘M.N & L.M Kennedy’. The lambs are Jun-Jul 19’ drop, weigh 53kgs, have a 5mm skin and will travel to Murray Bridge, SA.
Merino wethers sold $13 dearer, at $119 to $143, averaging $131. A/c ‘J&M Andre and Co’ from Furner, SA offered 300 Merino wethers which topped the category. The Lorelmo Poll Merino blood wethers are 3 years old, weigh 54kgs, have a 4mm skin and will cross the border into Warrnambool, VIC.
First cross ewe lambs sell to $345
First cross ewe lambs followed the same upward trend as the Merinos, selling from $206 to $345 and averaging $290, up $23. The top price went to 305 future breeder ewe lambs offered by A/c ‘CM Smith’ from Nyngan, NSW. The Dunnield blood lambs are Jun-Jul 19’ drop, weigh 69kgs, have a 10mm skin and will travel to Cumnock, NSW.
There was a handful of first cross ewes offered this week that made $226 to $350 to average $247. From Dunedoo, NSW, A/c ‘RHJ & WJ Taylor’ offered the highest priced lot of 84 SIL ewes. The Langdene Merino & Talbragar Border Leicester blood ewes are 2 years old, weigh 70kgs and have a 110mm skin on their backs.
Ewes with lambs were one of the few categories to ease this week. They sold from $180 to $383 to average $309, back $49. The top price was achieved by 400 Dohne ewes with 430 lambs, offered by ‘Ma, AM, CJ Mannion’ from White Cliffs, NSW. The Chiminup blood ewes are 3-4 years old, weigh 76kgs with a 40mm skin; their lambs are 2-4 months old and weigh 31kgs.
Store lambs meet significant demand
Store lamb numbers were steady on last week with 8,852 offered online. They were met with significant demand, achieving an 87pc clearance at prices of 251-514c/kg liveweight, to average 393c/kg. Highlights included:
– Jun/Jul 20’ drop, 25kg, White Suffolk/Merino mixed sex lambs from FRANCES, South Australia sold for 514c or $109
– Apr/May 20’ drop, 28kg, Poll Dorset/Merino mixed sex store lambs from INVERELL, New South Wales sold for 464c or $130
– Apr/May 20’ drop, 32kg, White Suffolk/Poll Merino wether suckers from GUNDAGAI, New South Wales sold for 416c or $133
– Apr/May 20’ drop, 33kg, White Suffolk/Poll Merino mixed sex suckers from KEITH, South Australia sold for 415c or $135
– Apr/May 20’ drop, 36kg, 2nd X White Suffolk/Merino mixed sex suckers from CANOWINDRA, New South Wales sold for 406c or $145
– Apr/May 20’ drop, 33kg, Poll Dorset/Poll Merino mixed sex suckers from GUNDAGAI, New South Wales sold for 402c or $133