Lamb prices record at Tamworth; Bingara vendors say 'just lucky'

NEW HIGH: Stewart Steiger, of the property Tarakan at Upper Bingara, with the family's national record-breaking pen of lambs.
NEW HIGH: Stewart Steiger, of the property Tarakan at Upper Bingara, with the family's national record-breaking pen of lambs.

In a “pleasant surprise” during a tough time, the Steiger farming family from Upper Bingara secured a national record-breaking price for their lambs today.

With a price of $292 a head at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange, Stewart, son Mitch and brother Phillip also beat their own local record of $253 on June 25.

“I didn’t think it would go like that today; we were just lucky we struck a good sale, I think,” Stewart Steiger said.

“It was a pleasant surprise in drought, to get that in a dry time.”

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Ben Goodman of Ian Morgan Livestock was the selling agent for the January-shorn,10.5-month-old lambs, raised on oats and estimated to be 76kg.

Mr Steiger said recent months had been “pretty tough going”.

“The feed bill at the moment’s not too pretty,” he said.

“But every drought’s been broken by rain, so it’ll come – sooner rather than later, I hope.”

When the Steigers last set the previous top price in Tamworth – of $253 in June – they smashed their own record of $232, set in June 2017.

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