Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yarding – 22,650hd      Lambs – 16,300      Sheep – 6,350

Numbers eased this sale with both lamb and mutton decreasing. There were 7,300 new season lambs penned and quality was still mixed but
improved slightly from the previous sales. There was a better offering of fresher lambs penned, along with more weight yarded. The usual
buyers were present and competing in a firm to dearer market.
Light new season lambs increased $4 to sell from $147 to $162/head. Trade weights were $3 to $6 dearer, making from $162 to $196/head.
Heavy and extra heavy weights improved $4 to $5/head. Heavy lambs sold from $200 to $215, with extra heavy weights selling from $221 to
$250/head. Carcase prices averaged from 839c to 874c/kg. Old trade weight lambs increased $5 to $9, to sell from $152 to $183/head. Heavy
lambs to 26kg sold from $188 to $238, with extra heavy weights making from $236 to $279/head.
Mutton numbers eased, though quality was improved with good numbers of medium and heavy weight sheep penned. Merinos made up the
majority of the offering and prices increased. Merino ewes sold from $112 to $200/head. Crossbred ewes ranged in price from $115 to $190,
with Dorper ewes selling from $106 to $184/head.