Top ranking saleyards by turnover in your state for 2016-17

Sheep Central, October 26, 2017


Meat & Livestock Australia has compiled a survey of sheep saleyards across Australia, ranked in each state by turnover for the 2016-17 financial year.

Wagga in New South Wales once again maintained its position as the largest sheep and lamb selling centre in the country, reporting a throughput of 1.7 million head for the financial year.

Minor placings this year were filled by Dubbo (second), CWLX Forbes (third) and Ballarat (fourth).

Here’s this past year’s biggest selling centres in your state:

New South Wales

New South Wales again accounted for the highest number of sheep consigned to yards of any state in 2016-17, with 8.4 million head.

As mentioned above, Wagga maintained its position as the largest selling centre for sheep in both the state and the country, reporting a throughput of 1.7 million head.

Second and third positions switched from the 2015-16 financial year, with Dubbo saleyard taking second position, consigning 1.4 million sheep in 2016-17 and CWLX Forbes ranking third, yarding close to 1.4 million head.

Despite only opening in August 2016, numbers at SELX Yass saleyard were the fourth largest in the state, with 693,594 sheep for the year.

The remainder of the top ten in NSW were:

  • Previously ranking fourth, Corowa placed fifth in 2016-17, with 616,971 head consigned
  • Griffith placed sixth with 515,165 head (not recorded in previous years)
  • CTLX Carcoar ran seventh with 485,841 head, down from fifth position after the inclusion of SELX Yass and Griffith saleyards this year
  • Cowra finished eighth, with 339,021 head, down two spots on the previous year
  • Tamworth was ninth with 211,767 head, the same as the year before
  • Guyra rounded out the top ten with 177, 301 head, down from eighth the previous financial year.


Victorian saleyard throughput for 2016-17 totalled 4.6 million head.

Ballarat remained the state’s largest selling centre, yarding a total of 1.3 million head for the year. Second and third positions traded places from in 2015-16, with the tally at Hamilton surpassing Bendigo, totalling 1 million head and 877,445 head, respectively.

There were 437,305 head consigned at Horsham, which ranked fourth, while Ouyen placed fifth, with 267,325 head.

The remainder of the top ten Victorian selling centres included:

  • Swan Hill placed sixth, with 213,919 head – the same as last year
  • Warracknabeal was seventh, yarding 105,349 head for the year
  • Shepparton finished eighth, reporting a throughput of 96,765 head
  • Wycheproof was ninth, falling one position from last year, with 84,339 head
  • In tenth spot was Bairnsdale, recording a total throughput of 43,554 head

Western Australia

A total of 1.3 million head of sheep were yarded in Western Australia in 2016-17.

The largest number of consignments was to Katanning where throughput reached 693,351 head. Meanwhile, yardings at Muchea totalled 607,615 head – placing it in second position.

South Australia

A total of 1.1 million sheep were yarded in SA for the 2016-17 financial year. More than half of the state’s total yarding was consigned to SALE Dublin which recorded a throughput of 578,258 head for the year, ranking it in first position. Naracoorte placed second with 382,844 head, while Mount Gambier was in third position, reporting a total throughput of 165,058 head.


Warwick continues to be the largest selling centre for sheep in the state, with throughput for the 2016-17 financial year reaching 117,976 head. Gympie sold a total 203 head, maintaining second position in a state where sheep trading through yards is very light, while Beaudesert yarded a similar number of 200 head, ranking third. Woodford recorded a throughput of 153 sheep, placing it fourth while Toowoomba listed fifth, with 89 head.


Click here to see full state results and year-on-year ranking comparisons.




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