Lamb numbers up at Forbes Livestock Centre

Numbers lifted at this week’s Forbes sheep and lamb sale with lambs showing the increase.

Lamb quality was fair with good numbers of well finished lambs on offer, along with plainer poor quality types.

There was 3,750 new season lambs penned and quality was good with most well-presented and finished.

Prices were firm to $4/head dearer. Trade weights sold from $120 to $148 and heavy weights received from $143 to $170/head. Carcase prices averaged 616c/kg cwt. Old light lambs sold from $100 to $110/head. Trade weights held firm to $3 better with prices ranging from $115 to $136/head. Heavy and extra heavy weights were $5 to $6/head dearer and more in places, for the better offering of lambs.

Heavy lambs sold from $136 to $153 and extra heavy weights ranged from $145 to a top of $219/head.

Carcase prices averaged from 575c to 586c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers eased slightly and quality was improved slightly from the previous sales. Prices lifted with Merino ewes selling from $102 to $176, crossbreds selling from $108 to $170 and Dorper ewes reaching $144/head. Merino wethers ranged in price from $113 to $138/head.

Cattle quality mixed

Numbers lifted slightly this sale though quality continues to be very mixed.

There were some good quality lines of well finished and grain assisted cattle penned, though there was still a large percentage of plainer secondary types.

Yearling steers made up the majority of the yarding along with a good number of cows.

Yearling steers to feed slipped 10c to 14c/kg. Middle weights ranged in price from 290c to 341c and heavy weights received 300c to 328c/kg. Yearling heifers also showed a cheaper trend.