LOWER rainfall in two of the past three years has forced Heywood district prime lamb and beef producer Georgina Gubbins to increase forward management planning.
LAMB producers selling through saleyards were unlikely to get carcase feedback from major exporter JBS Australia, the 2017 BestWool BestLamb Conference was told in Bendigo last week.
SCANNED in-lamb ewes and ewe-lamb units topped the AuctionsPlus listings online last week – with first cross ewes with lambs selling for up to $351.50, first cross ewes selling to $324 and Merino ewes making $244.
MERINO ewes were in strong demand online last week, as 50,492 sheep and lambs were offered on AuctionsPlus, 2879 more than the previous week.
WILD weather across parts of Australia could have been to blame for last week’s lower AuctionsPlus sheep numbers.
A tightening in lamb numbers heading into winter contributed to a substantial decline in numbers offered on AuctionsPlus last week.
LAMB production and seasonal dynamics are pointing to a big summer turn-off of heavy lambs in central and northern Victoria, and in New South Wales, possibly after the spring-early summer flush of lambs from southern Victoria and south-east South Australia.
SHEEP producers trying to sell stock with old National Vendor Declarations in Western Australia this week have been hit by discounts of up to $20 on mutton and $15 at the Muchea saleyards.
LAMB and sheep prices firmed in saleyards on Friday, with yardings generally lower in the few New South Wales and Victorian centres selling.
TRADE and heavy lamb prices generally firmed in saleyards mid-week as supply tightened, despite many drafts having seasonal quality issues.