BENDIGO SHEEP SALE
Monday, September 18 Yarding 24 989 (1409), comprising lambs
17 928 (1860) and sheep 7061 (-451) Lamb numbers lifted to nearly 18 000 head, with supplies boosted by a couple of big drafts of Dorpers and young Merinos sent down from Ivanhoe in NSW.
The main runs of locally bred young lambs presented in very good order, although there wasn’t as much weight in the top pens compared to a week ago.
The market remained solid, with prices tracking a few dollars either side of last week on the good trade-weight and export lambs.
The market did show a correction of $5 to $6/head on the plainer bred and finished young lambs around 18-20 kg cwt, with interest from store buyers still at low levels.
Prices reached a top of $184 for heavy young lambs estimated at 28 kg cwt, and it was just one of three sales over $180/head.
This was followed by about 20 pens at $170 to $178/head for lambs estimated near 26-27 kg cwt.
The main runs of heavy trade-weight lambs sold from $142 to $170, and lighter domestic types with good finish from $130 to $140/head.
On a carcase basis there was still a spread of 570¢ to about 620¢ across slaughter lambs, with the best trade-weights commanding over 590¢/kg cwt.
Plain light lambs under 20 kg cwt sold from $100 to $120/head to record some of the lower carcase price averages of the sale as they fell outside most processor specifications and store demand was limited.
Some lambs did sell to Ballarat and Shepparton restockers at up to $114/head.
The big line of Dorpers from the north made from $76 to $96 and the run of young Merinos with a lot of seed in the pelts from $55 to $99/head.
Sheep numbers again topped at 7000, with the yarding dominated by recently shorn crossbred and Merino ewes.
Not all regular buyers followed the sale and prices were generally $4 to $6/head easier, with bigger corrections for some heavy first-cross ewes seen late in the sale as the market fluctuated. Holding their value the best were the lean trade-weight Merinos.
In dollar per head terms the general run of mutton ranged from $80 to $110, with extraheavy crossbred ewes out to $132/head.
Restockers stepped in and purchased a run of first-cross ewes at reduced prices due to the draft being in a withhold period which restricted processor support.