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Sheep

Persistent dry conditions, hitting NSW particularly hard, and a delay to the Autumn rains have forced higher than average seasonal yarding levels this week. Lamb and sheep prices are reacting to the higher saleyard numbers accordingly, with declines across all Eastern mainland state categories reported...

There was no post Easter price spike this week, with processors seeming to have their supplies booked up well in advance. Saleyards were well supplied, and the good news, again, is that prices remain relatively strong despite plenty of lambs and sheep being on offer. ...

Anecdotal reports of the lack of rain boosting throughput levels along the East coast, particularly in NSW, are being supported by the yarding numbers this week with a spike in both sheep and lamb throughput noted. Despite the higher offering, prices have remained fairly stable...

The pattern of the wool market rising one week and falling the next continued. This week saw the market continue the weak finish to last week’s sales and post a week of price corrections. The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) gave up 6 cents to 1772 cents,...

One week down, the next week up. This has been a familiar pattern in recent times although this week the lift in the market was all due to currency movements. It was a tale of two markets, the opening day was where all the gains were...

Sheep and lamb prices continued a muted upward trend this week, with increases in values across all trade lamb indicators. Mutton values were also higher everywhere except WA, and restockers came back to the market for light lambs. Figure 1 shows that the Eastern States Trade...

Alpaca numbers in Australia are estimated to be between 170,000 and 450,000, with the higher estimate considerable in view that the sheep flock only numbers around 70 million. Wool ranging from 24 through to 26.8 micron is blended with alpaca. The combination of alpaca numbers...

The broad trend in East coast lamb and sheep slaughter numbers continue to be dominated by NSW and Victorian flows at the moment with a spike in lamb slaughter in the previous week, to levels well above normal, unable to dampen prices too vigorously. Similarly,...