Vic weekly sheep summary

30 July 2015


Lamb supply across the state dropped 20% week-on-week, to 18,713 head in total.

  • Numbers at Hamilton were down 55%, penning 2,302 head
  • Supply at Horsham decreased 3%, to 1,746 head
  • Bendigo throughput lifted 4%, to 9,752 head
  • Ballarat penned 31% fewer lambs, with 4,913 head in total

Light weight 1 score Merino lambs to restockers averaged 283¢, while 2 score Merinos returned 445¢/kg cwt. First cross 2 score lambs averaged 547¢, back 6¢ and those to slaughter eased 11¢ on 571¢/kg cwt.

Trade weight 3 score lambs to processors were 10¢ dearer, on 591¢, and heavier trade types averaged 589¢, up 11¢/kg cwt.

Heavy weight 3 score lambs sold to processors 14¢ cheaper, with lighter descriptions averaging 586¢ and heavier types returning 604¢/kg cwt.


Mutton offerings lifted 17% week-on-week, to 19,890 head.

  • Consignments at Horsham increased by 63%, to 3,634 head
  • Supply at Bendigo reached 8,998 head, down 4%
  • Hamilton penned a decreased yarding of 2,646 head
  • Ballarat throughput  increased 63%, to 4,612 head

Light weight 1 score Merino ewes were 36¢ cheaper, on 321¢, while 2 scores were 16¢ cheaper, on 358¢/kg cwt. The medium weight 2 score Merino ewes returned an average of 360¢, down 13¢/kg cwt.

Medium 2 score Merino wethers eased 4¢, to average 370¢, and 3 score Merinos were 12¢ cheaper on 383¢/kg cwt. Those in the heavy weight category jumped 5¢, to 399¢/kg cwt.

Note: All yardings and prices referenced from MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) reported saleyards.

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