Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yarding – 15,800hd      Lambs – 8,980      Sheep – 6,820

Numbers halved this sale with both lamb and mutton showing the decrease. Lamb quality was similar to that of previous sales with both well finished and plainer lambs penned. Trade weights made up the majority of the offering. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing along with competition from restockers in a cheaper market.
Light lambs to restockers sold from $82 to $136/head. Trade weight new season lambs eased $4, to sell from $145 to $175/head. Old light lambs eased $8 to sell from $115 to $140/head. Trade weights were also $8 easier to range in price from $142 to $182/head. The few heavy lambs penned sold from $162 to $214/head. Carcase prices averaged from 702c to 739c/kg cwt.
Mutton numbers were made up of mostly Merinos and quality was very mixed. Prices were fair with light Merino ewes selling from $62 to $96/head. Medium and heavy weights ranged in price from $98 to $146/head. Crossbred ewes sold from $99 to $148 and Merino wethers received from $105 to $150/head.