Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yarding – 18,930hd      Lambs – 13,280      Sheep – 5,650

Numbers fell this sale, with both lamb and mutton showing the decrease. Lamb quality continued to be mixed, with some good
runs of grain finished lambs offered, along with the plainer types. The usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer
Light lambs increased $7, to sell from $116 to $128/head. Trade weights were from $6 to $7 dearer, with prices from $127 to
$156/head. Heavy and extra heavy weights showed the biggest change, increasing from $10 to $14/head. Heavy lambs sold
from $156 to $175, and extra heavies received from $174 to $223/head. Carcase prices averaged from 630c to 677c/kg.
Mutton quality was reduced from the previous sale, with a larger percentage of plainer sheep penned along with the few better
lines. Prices were steady, with Merino ewes selling from $87 to $140/head. Crossbred ewes received from $87 to $150, and
Dorper ewes sold from $70 to $119/head. Merino wethers made from $90 to $142/head