Subdued online demand for new season lambs

Sheep Central, September 18, 2023

These unjoined 13-14 month-old first cross ewes sold for $160 at Trundle, NSW, on AuctionsPlus last week.

NEW season lamb demand was subdued within a stable AuctionsPlus commercial sheep and lamb offering of 35,097 head last week.

The overall sheep/lamb clearance rate fell to 37 percent last week, while value over reserve was up slightly to $7 above set reserves.

Lamb listings were slightly lower, with 63 percent of the total offering — 15,606 head — being new season lambs. Demand was subdued, with a 40pc clearance and average value over reserve of $5.

AuctionsPlus listed 8198 crossbred lambs, with prices flat on the previous week to average $59 for a 60pc clearance. At Wellington in New South Wales, 635 April/May 2023 drop mixed sex Poll Dorset cross lambs weighing 34kg lwt sold for $74, or 216c/kg lwt, to a Victorian buyer at Mininera.

There were 3959 first cross ewe lambs offered and the average price decreased by $9 to $93/head for a 16pc clearance. At Kingston in South Australia, 276 May/June 2023 drop ewe lambs weighing 34kg made $86/head, or 252c/kg lwt, with a buyer at Tocumwal, NSW.

AuctionsPlus offered 2982 first cross ewes, with the average price increasing to $141, up $25, for a 56pc clearance. At Tottenham in NSW, two even lines of 243 12-13 month-old ewes weighing 58kg sold for $161/head, or 277c/kg lwt.

Note: Prices as at 5pm Thursday, 14th September 2023

Source – AuctionsPlus.


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