Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yarding – 25,150hd      Lambs – 18,550      Sheep – 6,600

Numbers eased this sale after last week’s cheaper market, with both lamb and mutton showing the decrease. Lamb quality was very mixed,
with both well finished and drier lambs penned. There were 3,750 new season lambs penned, with less weight offered than the previous
weeks. The usual buyers were present and competing in a market that varied with the quality on offer.
New season lambs held firm, with trade weights receiving from $171 to $222/head. Heavy weights sold from $225 to $236, while old light
lambs were from firm to $3 dearer, receiving from $142 to $160/head. Trade weights were erratic depending on the quality available, selling
from $162 to $210, with heavy and extra heavy weights also fluctuating around firm with lambs to 26kg selling from $189 to $258/head. Extra
heavy weights sold from $270 to $286/head. Carcase prices averaged from 840c to 920c/kg.
Mutton quality continued to be mixed with Merinos making up the majority. Prices were strong with Merino ewes selling from $112 to
$199/head. Crossbred ewes sold from $131 to $220, with Dorper ewes making from $110 to $175/head. Merino wethers sold to $200/head.