Market Murmurs| Trade lamb weakness

Trade lamb weakness | Market Murmurs

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The lamb market may have slipped, but the prices are still much better than time time last year.

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The lamb market may be softer this week, but good heavy lambs are still selling for more than $300 a head. These lambs at Tamworth hit $310 on Monday and are a timely reminder that it's now less than a month until the Tamworth Spring Lamb Show and Feature Sale on September 2. Photo by Michelle Mawhinney.

The lamb market may be softer this week, but good heavy lambs are still selling for more than $300 a head. These lambs at Tamworth hit $310 on Monday and are a timely reminder that it's now less than a month until the Tamworth Spring Lamb Show and Feature Sale on September 2. Photo by Michelle Mawhinney.

SHEEP and lamb prices took a tumble last week.

Some categories of lamb sold in the saleyards slipped as much as 80 cents a kilogram (carcase weight).

However, even with significant weakness across the sheep and lamb market, prices were still much higher than this time last year.

As this week's selling kicked into gear, the NSW trade lambs averaged 866c/kg.

Heavy lambs in NSW continued the softer trend to settle on 885c/kg.

The volatility of restocker lamb prices was sustained as this category was 10c/kg cheaper this week to finish on 845c/kg.

Mutton was mixed in quality and pricing reflected this with NSW yardings averaging 577c/kg.

Auctioneers go back to school in Tamworth

LATER this month Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) will hold an auctioneers school at Tamworth.

The school is for all ages (not just the young ones), so any auctioneers wanting to brush up on their skills can attend.

At each school several experienced auctioneers are on hand to pass on practical information essential for effective auctioneering.

Speech pathologists are also utilised to provide auction specific tips including voice conservation and care.

All presenters focus on the practical aspects of auctioneering and assist in the professional development of all attendees.

In addition to auctioneering development, ALPA present important industry information ensuring attendees are well informed of relevant industry issues and where applicable fulfil Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

The Tamworth school runs from August 29 to 30.

  • Contact ALPA (02) 9262 6633 for booking and registration forms.

Goat prices soften another 6c/kg

DIRECT-to-works goat prices have slipped on average six cents a kilogram (carcase weight) across the eastern states in the past week.

Meat and Livestock Australia have reported the average price for all weights of goats hit 902c/kg on Tuesday morning.

This brings the price range to 630c/kg to 1030c/kg for all goats tipping the scales at more than 8kg (cwt).

Queensland young auctioneers do battle

TEN young auctioneers will contest the title of 2019 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneer on Friday.

Conducted by Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA), the competition will kick off at 9am on Friday at the Ekka in Brisbane.

We wish the finalist well and look forward to hearing the winners sell in Sydney when they compete in the national finals at next year's Sydney Royal Show.

ALPA chief executive Andy Madigan said the beauty of the Young Auctioneers Competition lies in its focus on the future of the industry.

"It provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the passion these boys have for their industry and their dedication towards developing their rare talent, while also encouraging them to continue in their efforts," Mr Madigan said.

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