Deniliquin sheep sale report:
Lamb numbers increased at the Deniliquin sale on Tuesday as new season lambs start to appear.
There were about 3000 young lambs in the yarding of 10,894, and quality for the lead pens off irrigation was very good.
The core buying group operated, although the major domestic companies didn’t.
Prices for most of the trade and heavy lambs showed a correction of $4 to $10/head on a fortnight ago.
The sheep sale was weaker, with prices averaging $10 to $25/head cheaper, as the sale decreased in line with recent mutton trends.
The heaviest pen of young lambs estimated around 27-28kg carcase weight (cwt) sold for $240, and it was one of six drafts to make over $200/head.
The lead pens of young lambs were estimated to go from 820c to 850c/kg cwt.
Old season lambs sold to $260/head, for a small number of extra heavy crossbreds. Sales of old season lambs did show a lot of price variance based on quality, number to a pen and condition. The better slaughter types fluctuated from 780c to 850c/kg cwt.
Processor demand for plain and light weight lambs was dull and this section of the market showed the biggest price corrections.
Mutton numbers increased by 500 head as producers continue to destock old ewes.
Prices were cheaper across all weights and grades, estimated to go from 370c to 420c/kg cwt across the bulk of the market. The heavier and better covered Merino ewes sold from $123 to $153/head.
Very plain and light sheep sold from $30 to $88/head.
New Season Lambs – Pisasale Pastoral, $240; W S Holden, $226; Lou Whyborn, $222.
Old Lambs – W Rice, $260; A & J Thomas, $240; P & L Park, $229.20.
Hoggets – T & J Caldwell, $178.60; Stuart Dudley, $176; K & M Allitt, $174.20.
Sheep – Millabong Pastoral, $153; D Walton, $150; Noobnoorac, $148.
Rams – M & C Bull, $108; Millabong Pastoral, $100.
Deniliquin’s Bill Holden and his granddaughter Pippa Holden at Tuesday’s sheep sale. Holden Pastoral’s pen of crossbred lambs sold for $226 a head.