Forbes Sheep Sale Market Report


Total Yarding – 33,400hd      Lambs – 22,900      Sheep – 10,500


Numbers lifted this sale with lambs showing the biggest increase. Lamb quality continues to be mixed and was similar to the previous sale.
There were some good lines of finished lambs offered along with the drier plainer types. The usual buyers were present and competing in a
fairly steady market.
Light new season lambs sold from $147 to $166/head. Trade weights held firm, making from $164 to $198/head. Heavy and extra heavy
weights were also fairly steady. Heavy lambs sold from $207 to $220 with extra heavy weights receiving from $215 to $261/head. Carcase
prices averaged from 823c to 861c/kg cwt. Old trade weight lambs were firm, selling from $155 to $193/head. Heavy and extra heavy weights
were limited but also held firm to sell from $192 to $231/head.
Mutton numbers improved slightly and quality continues to be very mixed. Merinos made up the majority of the yarding along with a large
penning of Dorpers. Prices held firm to a couple dollars cheaper with Merino ewes selling from $114 to $216/head. Crossbreds sold from $120
to $220/head with Dorper ewes receiving from $97 to $177/head. Merino wethers sold from $115 to $185/head.