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    Bree Netherway from Elders in Horsham has become a familiar face at Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange during Wednesday sales. The farm-supply representative, who has been with Elders for two years, is working through the livestock sale process while studying Animal Husbandry and Livestock Production Advice courses through Elders. She has been in the thick of the action during a busy April. Picture: RACHEL DECKERT
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    AUCTION ACTION: Long-time Horsham sheep-sale attendees Bryan English, left, and Barry Robinson, both of Dooen, are pictured at Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange. Picture: RACHEL DECKERT

AgLife: sheep and lamb prices likely to stay strong

Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange leaders say sheep and lamb numbers at the saleyards are likely to remain high while the market maintains strong prices. 

Lamb and sheep sales soared to more than 17,000  at Horsham earlier this month.

Lamb supply was at 13,403, with 4031 sheep. That number eased to 7950 lambs last week, with sheep supply falling to 2650.  

Manager Paul Christopher said quality across April was mostly good, with excellent runs of trade-weighted and heavy lambs on offer. 

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“The market is holding up really well considering it’s time for winter cropping,” he said. 

“Around this time of year farmers usually sell their sheep so they can start cropping. A lot of farmers are starting to crop canola and hay and they want to sell sheep while they’re fetching pretty good money.” 

Last week, trade-weight lambs sold to $210, with the best extra heavy weights selling to $273 a head. 

This was slightly up on the previous week, where medium and heavy trade-weight lambs sold to $204 a head, with extra heavy lambs reaching $269 a head. Mr Christopher said he expected total livestock numbers at the saleyards to remain high until mid-May. 

“Around this time of the year we do get one big sale because the market typically spikes and everyone tries to jump in and sell,” he said. 

“We had a good sale right after Easter, where the prices were up. I don’t think we’ll get another sale that big – but we’re likely to continue to stay at about 10,000 for the next four weeks before it drops back down to about half that.” 

– Dylan De Jong 

The entire April 28, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser and AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!