Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yarding – 33,100hd      Lambs – 23,200      Sheep – 9,900

Numbers lifted this sale though lamb numbers saw a slight fall. Lamb quality was very mixed with some good lines of grain fed finished lambs
offered along with the plainer types. There was a good offering of most weight grades. Most of the usual buyers were present and competing
in a cheaper market.
There was 6,350 new season lambs penned and trade weights sold from $175 to $235/head. Old light lambs slipped $12 to sell from $138 to
$156/head. Trade weights were $15 to $20 easier and more in places with prices ranged from $153 to $213/head. Heavy and extra
heavyweight lambs were $18 to $22/head cheaper again, more in places. Heavy lambs to 26kg sold from $220 to $238 with extra
heavyweights selling from $255 to $308/head. Carcase prices averaged from 820c to 929c/kg cwt.
Mutton numbers showed the increase with Merinos making up the majority. Quality was mixed and prices slipped with Merino ewes selling
from $114 to $220/head. Crossbreds sold from $113 to $204 and Dorper ewes ranged in price from $115 to $180/head. Merino wethers sold
from $116 to $178/head.