Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report

9/04/2019

Total Yarding – 34,250hd      Lambs – 28,500      Sheep – 5,750

Lamb numbers increased slightly and quality was very good for the trade and heavy weights which were generally well finished along with a
few plainer lines. The majority of the yarding consisted of trade and heavy weights with some handy lines of store lambs throughout. All the
buyers were present and operating and competition was very solid resulting in a dearer market particularly for the extra heavy weight lambs.
Light lambs to the processors were up $7 and averaged $137 while store lambs sold to strong demand averaging from $125 to $136/head.
Medium and heavy trade weight lambs were $4 to $5/head dearer and averaged from 715c to 725c/kg cwt. Most of the 22kg trade weight
lambs sold from $150 to $171 while the 23kg to 24kg sold from $166 to $178/head. Heavy weight lambs were $2 to $10 stronger and
averaged from 690c to 715c/kg cwt with a number of extra heavy pens selling over $220 and topping at $255/head.
Mutton numbers fell and quality was mixed throughout and most grades were firm to $6/head dearer. Medium Merino ewes sold from $110 to
$168 or 580c while heavy Merino ewes sold from $148 to $230/head or 625c/kg cwt. Heavy first cross ewes sold from $142 to $240/head or
600c/kg cwt.