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Sheep markets finish strong

WARRACKNABEAL Elders Sheep Sales draws to a close after their final sales for the year on Wednesday, October 23. 

Warracknabeal Sheep Sales Agent Aaron Zwar said their final sale for the year was strong, getting $230 per head for suckers. 

“The jobs good, we’ve finished our markets for the year now. We still had suckers making $230,” Mr Zwar said. 

“The mutton sale was really good, we had Merino ewes make $209, it was all very strong.”

They unloaded about 4000, with a total of about 6000 lambs and about 1500 sheep in the yard. 

“It ’s probably what you’d expect around this time of year. Normally, we’d probably have one more market just for a bit of a clean up but with harvest and hay and everything coming in and the lamb’s drying off for the season, most people will most likely shear off their left over lambs now.”

New South Wales processors made the journey to secure stock and replenish their numbers. 

“We had a northern buyer from Goulburn come down and he was keen to secure stock for NSW Abattoirs; because numbers are lacking up there, and all the numbers are down here,” he said. 

“There’s processors coming further down south to fill their stock from the north to keep the wheels turning up there. If you’ve got 300 or 400 hundred staff in the abattoir, it’s pretty hard to get your staff back in your abattoir after you shut it down.” 

Mr Zwar said the market is currently sitting at about $7.50 to $8 per kilogram for lambs and the mutton is ranging from $4-6 per kilogram. 

With harvest season on the horizon Mr Zwar said they are likely to start sale yards up in early February next year.

“It will likely be early February at this stage. We never change from the fortnightly markets,” he said. 

“With harvest coming up, the supply of lambs isn’t there so we basically can’t hold a market. Most people with their lambs, depending on what sort of feed they buy, it’s realistically going to be February before they’re ready for the markets. 

“Traditionally a bit later in the season, processes will get their supply out of the south towards Hamilton and Ballarat. Because of the late season they might continue on until January this year.” 

Producers are reminded that all lambs must be tagged with an RFID electronic ear tag.

Lambs with missing or lost tags can not be sold.