Mutton future bright and prices steady

Mutton future bright and prices steady


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With the prices paid for mutton sheep again stronger at Ballarat on Tuesday the longer term future for the whole of the sheep industry continues to look bright.

With the prices paid for mutton sheep again stronger at Ballarat on Tuesday the longer term future for the whole of the sheep industry continues to look bright.

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That’s the opinion of Graeme Cook, Ararat Meat Exports, Ararat who has spent more than 50 years in industry specializing as a mutton processor buyer.

“I think mutton have gotten as dear as it can for the time being,” Mr Cook told Stock & Land on Tuesday.

“Numbers are tight and a concern for the industry going forward, and with the declining state of the national flock we’ve expecting difficult times for at least another two to three years.

“It’s happened before where kills have been supplemented with goats and the likes so for the short term we’d expect plants to miss days or close for periods rather than chase for numbers.

“However we do believe the days of $3/kg mutton are behind the industry.

“The product is selling and we don’t hear of any unsold remaining in storage, which is a good sign these higher price levels of can be maintained.” 

John Gervasoni, Smeaton, has not sold a sucker lamb in spring for the past five years, and this week topped Ballarat sales with his first draft of his June//July-drop Poll Dorset-cross priced at $240/head.

John Gervasoni, Smeaton, has not sold a sucker lamb in spring for the past five years, and this week topped Ballarat sales with his first draft of his June//July-drop Poll Dorset-cross priced at $240/head.

Tim Hill, Elders Avoca with a pen of extra heavy grain-fed White Suffolk-cross lambs, 38kg, sold at $234 by his client Ian Martin of Adelaide Lead near Maryborough.

Tim Hill, Elders Avoca with a pen of extra heavy grain-fed White Suffolk-cross lambs, 38kg, sold at $234 by his client Ian Martin of Adelaide Lead near Maryborough.

Linton and Barb Reilly, Corack paid $206/head for 944 BLM-cross ewe lambs bred at Traralgon by Allen and Helen Sheridan.

Linton and Barb Reilly, Corack paid $206/head for 944 BLM-cross ewe lambs bred at Traralgon by Allen and Helen Sheridan.

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