Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin sheep sale report:

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It was another mixed winter yarding in Deniliquin on Tuesday, with the cold and wet weather delaying the start of the new season lambs.

There were only 130 young lambs offered, with agents predicting bigger runs will start in a fortnight’s time.

The old season lambs varied in quality from very good for grain assisted lines, down to a lot of plainer types, particular­ly in the Merino run where many pens lacked finish.

There was extra domestic competitio­n and prices for the better presented crossbred trade and heavy lambs that lifted to match the stronger rates of the past week.

A line of export weight first cross lambs sold to a top of $320/head despite being presented in very long skins.

Buyer demand was strongest for trade and heavy lambs, making from $226 to $285/head and any quality lines consistent­ly made over 900c/kg carcase weight.

The main draft of new season lambs sold to $238/head. Competitio­n for plainer and light lambs was patchier, with quality an issue in some outcomes.

Most of the Merinos were only in fat score one or two condition and sold from $90 to $170/head depending on size.

A few pens sold to local restockers. The sheep sale had some reasonable pens of Merino and crossbred ewes off shears, although overall numbers remained limited.

Buyers didn’t chase the market like they have at some recent sales and price trends were cheaper.

Top sales:

New season lambs — D Willis, $238; D & M Walton, $215; D Willis, $213.

Old lambs — Wandook Pastoral, $320 and $298; A & B O’Connor, $297.

Hoggets — F & C Nelson, $244; P Roe, $192; L Ritchie $190.

Sheep — D & J Carmichael, $256; F & C Nelson, $235; G & G Brunt, $226.

Rams — Australian Food and Agricultur­e, $220, R & D Norris, $185.20.

~ Details provided by Meat and Livestock Australia and Elders Rural Services Deniliquin, on behalf of the Deniliquin Associated Agents.

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