Sheep sale report:

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It was a smaller yarding than anticipated at Deniliquin’s sheep sale on Tuesday, after wet weather prevented truck access to some properties. 

Lambs off feed dominated and quality was generally good for this time of year, although there were still winter clean-up lots to make it a mixed offering.

Competition from the core group of buyers was subdued, and the market showed significant price corrections compared to a fortnight ago when Deniliquin recorded a very buoyant sale after the long-weekend. 

All lambs, crossbred and Merinos sold at cheaper price levels, although overall results were similar to recent local sales.

A few pens of heavy export lambs sold to a top of $249/head. 

The bulk of the lead runs were medium and heavy trade lambs which ranged from $184 to $230/head. 

On a carcass basis, the better presented crossbred lambs suiting domestic orders were trending at an estimated 830c/kg to 880c/kg carcase weight.

Merino lambs made up a reasonable percentage of the yarding, with the better covered trade weight types from $176 to $199/head, to work out at an estimated 740c/kg carcase weight.

Plain and secondary lambs sold from $130 to $170/head.

Sheep numbers remained limited, with few lines to generate reliable price trends. 

The few better Merino pens were from $170 to a top of $238/head.

Top sales:

Lambs – D & J Cox, $249; K & S Hare, $235; PC Crossley & Co, $235.

Hoggets – Arrawatta Pastoral Co, $238; D & J Cox, $223.60; M & C Bull, $206.

Sheep – Budgewah Pastoral Co, $215; M & C Bull, $194.60; Sansow FT $169.60.

Rams – J & P McCulloch, $179.60.

~ Details provided by Meat and Livestock Australia and Elders Rural Services Deniliquin, on behalf of the Deniliquin Associated Agents.