Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yard – 33650hd   Lambs 24550   Sheep 9100

Lamb numbers remained steady and quality was very good particularly for the heavy trade and heavy weight lambs. There were
mainly trade and heavy weights penned while the usual secondary plainer lines throughout reflecting the seasonal conditions.
Store lambs were very limited in supply and there was a good run of Merino lambs. All the buyers were operating and
competition was stronger particularly on the trade weight which experienced the largest gains.
Light lambs to the processors were $8 dearer and averaged $123/head. Medium and heavy trade weight lambs were $10 to
$12/head dearer and averaged 670c to 680c with plenty of sales over 700c/kg cwt. Most of the better heavy trade weights sold
from $160 to $174/head. Heavy weight lambs sold firm to slightly dearer and averaged 620c to 650c/kg cwt. There were plenty
of extra heavy weight lambs which sold from $200 to at top of $216/head. Heavy Merino lambs sold to $156/head.
Mutton numbers increased and quality was good with some large lines of well finished sheep. Medium Merino ewes were firm to
$4 easier and averaged from $101 to $117/head or 480c/kg cwt. Heavy first cross ewes sold to a cheaper trend and averaged
$146 or 480c/kg cwt and topped at $174/head. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $130 to a top of $180/head or 520c/kg cwt.