Merino ewe lamb prices ranged from $90 to $257 to average $142 on AuctionsPlus, the top line being 49kg ewes from Tintinara, VIC.
A line of ewe lambs from Ifracombe, QLD, will travel 2,000km down to Kapunda, SA. These ewes are new season lambs, weighing 25kg and made $90.
Merino Hogget prices ranged from $116 to $248 to average $165, the top line being 55kg, 16 to 17 month old NSM ewes from Jamestown, SA.
The prices eased back a bit for older Merino breeders aged 4 to 6 years old as they ranged from $50 to $161 to average $93.
The highlight was a line of 4 year old 64kg ewes from Narrandera, NSW. These ewes are off shears and NSM.
Merino wether and wether lamb numbers steadied to 11,000 this week.
The majority offered were Merino wether lambs in the National Lamb sale, these averaged $82 with prices ranging from $35 to $106.
The top price was secured by Woodpark blood wethers A/c ‘J & J Hackett’, Goodnight, NSW, April/May 18’ drop, weighing 31kg with a 1.5” skin.
Merino wethers were in lesser supply, prices ranged from $59 to $112.50 to average $80. They were topped by 4.5 year old heavy export wethers weighing 64kg with a 0.5” skin, with a dressed value of 408c/kg.
First cross ewes had an offering of 7,000 this week with an even split between ewe lambs and older proven breeders.
The ewe lambs averaged $176 and ranged from $95.50 to $239, topped by a line of 58kg, 11 to 12 month old ewes from Narromine, NSW.
The older breeders averaged $146 and ranged from $80 to $203. This top price was achieved by a line of 15 to 16 month old NSM ewes, weighing 58kg from Wagga Wagga, NSW.
The first National Lamb Sale kicked off well last week with a listing of 22,173 head and achieving 89% clearance after contracting.
It had active bidders from NSW, SA, VIC, TAS and QLD. First cross lambs had 100% clearance and averaged $94 whilst second cross lambs also had 100% clearance to average $105.