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Another erratic and difficult to follow Sheep market at Bendigo

Yarding - 21,500 (-3200).
Lambs - 16,000 (-5000).
Sheep - 5500 (+1900)

Smaller yarding of 16,000 lambs to be down 5,000 head on a week ago. The supply trend for sheep was the opposite with numbers lifting to 5,500. There was plenty of weight in the lamb run, with a good percentage of stock over 26kg. Quality was mixed, ranging from some very good export lambs off stubbles through to plainer bred and conditioned trade weights. Demand was not as keen from the processing ranks, with key domestic and export buyers not as active this week. It meant the market did fluctuate and show some inconsistency again, with woolly lambs and off bred types penalised. Price results were firm for the best slaughter lambs in short skins, but $2 to $8/head cheaper over plainer lines with secondary trade weights the most affected.

Heavy export lambs sold to $280 and it was one of six sales above $270 for big lambs estimated in the 35 to 38kg range. Most of the export lambs over 30kg sold from $230 to $265 for estimated averages of 770c to 790c/kg cwt. The main runs of heavy lambs, 26 to 30kg made from $220 to $250/head at 825c/kg cwt. The sale showed more price variance over the trade weight lambs which were mixed for finish and breed type. The price spread for 22 to 26kg shorn lambs was $174 to $225/head depending on quality, the plain pens tracking under 800c and the better types sold from 800c to 860c/kg. Only limited numbers of Merino lambs at this sale which sold to $177/head. Restockers were active from Swan Hill, Echuca and the local area with the better framed light lambs selling from $130 to $165/head to processors and the paddock.

Another erratic and difficult to follow sheep market as one export company dipped in and out of the auction. Price trends were dearer, driven by some buying clashes on heavy mutton. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $190 to $264/head, with the higher price end for woolly sheep. Heavy crossbred and Dorper ewes sold from $183 to $264/head. Most mutton ranged from 550c to 650c, with spikes above 700c/kg cwt at times.


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