A new record high for commercial Merino ewe lambs was set last week, with the top line of the category returning $398/head liveweight for the of 89 future breeder ewe lambs of Mumblebone blood from Wuuluman, NSW.
The ewe lambs (pictured) aged 12-13 months weighed 54.2kg liveweight at assessment, with 2-3” wool and were purchased by a buyer from Trunkey Creek, Central West NSW.
Crossbred lambs accounted for 28% of the total offering last week, with 37,536 head offered – up 13% from the previous week.
The increased offering for the category was well supported, as clearance rates increased to 96%, while the category averaged $8 higher, at $172/head liveweight.
Merino wether lambs registered a considerable contraction in numbers – back 31% to total 28,620 head.
The tighter offering for the category saw prices increase by $5, to average $143/head – while clearance rates increased considerably to 92%, as many buyers had renewed confidence following recent rainfall during the critical spring period.
Merino ewe lambs had a total of 2,131 head listed online last week. Prices held firm with the category averaging $267/head – up $1 from last week.
The joined ewe offering saw mixed results for both price and clearance rates across the various categories this week. SIL Merino ewe numbers increased by 75% from last week, with the category averaging $299/head – up $46. Despite higher returns this week, clearance rates dipped to 49%, indicative of demand for quality breeding lines by restockers.
SIL Composite/other breed ewes also saw a large increase in the offering, with 2,634 head catalogued – which registered a 100% clearance rate. Prices for the category declined significantly however, with the average back $71, at $268/head.
Non-station mated lines registered a drop in prices across all categories, with low clearance rates an indication of buyers sourcing quality through the offering.
NSM Merino ewes accounted for 12% of the total offering, with 15,869 head listed – 20% higher than the previous week. The category sold $49 easier than last week, to average $179/head, with clearance rates back to 53%.