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Bidding mixed in a big yarding at Ballarat

Yarding - 52,606 (+9606).
Lambs - 37,361 (+6361).
Sheep - 15,245 (+3245)
Lamb supply increased again to 37,361 yarded. The quality was good to excellent with more weight offered in all categories, all the usual buying group attended, with extra store buyers present. Buyers operated fully in a firm to slightly softer market, bidding was erratic at times with the market starting softer to firm up as the sale progressed, with increased competition for the better quality lambs across the yarding.
Heavy lambs sold to a top of $265/head. Sheep supply increased to 15,245 head, the quality was plain to excellent, with plenty of weight offered across the yarding. All the usual buyers were present but not all were active, light weights were mostly unchanged, medium and heavy weights sold firm to $10 softer for the Merino’s, whilst the crossbreds eased from $8 to $10/head.
Feeders and Restockers were very active on the light weight lambs back to the paddock, under 20kg sold from $50 to $164 whilst 20kg and over made from $158 to $178/head. Lambs under 18kg suiting MK orders sold from $137 to $149/head. Lambs to the trade 18 to 22kg sold from $147 to $173, 22 to 24kg made from $166 to $192 and 24 to 26kg sold from $183 to $201/head to average from 740c to 750c/kg cwt. Export 4 score lambs weighing 26 to 30kg, sold from $200 to $225 whilst the lines over 30kg made from $229 to $265/head to average from 710c to 720c/kg cwt. Merino lambs under 20kg sold from $137 to $160 and 20kg and over made from $161 to $204/head. Hoggets sold to $230 for crossbreds and Merino’s sold to $185/head.
Heavy Merino wethers over 24kg sold from $148 to $252, lighter weights made from $130 to $175/head to average from 660c to 690c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $155 to $254/head, averaging from 640c to 650/kg cwt. Heavy crossbred ewes made from $150 to $258/head, to average from 630c to 640c/kg cwt. Merino rams sold to a top of $180/head


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