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Buyers paid for quality Lambs at Bendigo

Yarding - 26,000 (-6000).
Lambs - 18,000 (-4000)
Sheep - 8000 (-2000).
Both lamb and sheep numbers dropped this week for a total offering of 26,000 head. Lamb quality remained mixed and was linked to location, with first draft young lambs from southern areas presenting better than drier skinned stock still being sold from the north. Crossbred lambs dominated with few Merinos available. The market was influenced by quality. The best heavy and trade young lambs averaged $5/head dearer, while the general run was just firm to a few dollars easier in places. Results for the few pens of recently shorn lambs suiting processors matched the top end carcase rates of the woolly young lambs. This yarding had some bigger lines of genuine well bred store lambs in the 15 to 18kg cwt size and these were dearer to the paddock selling from $142 to $158/head. Mixed pens of store lambs sold at similar levels to a week ago.
Not as much weight in the lamb yarding, with one pen of extra heavy young lambs making to $245 followed by the next best sale selling to$237/head. The lead run of heavy young lambs, 26 to 30kg sold from $208 to $230; the 24 to 26kg cwt pens making from $186 to $202; and the 22 to 24kg cwt lambs sold from $170 to $190/head. Well finished shorn lambs made from $190 to $220/head. These good quality lambs improved to average 760c to 770c/kg cwt. Plainer and drier lambs of similar weights averaged from 730c to 750c/kg cwt. Smaller lambs under 20kg cwt sold from $130 to $160/head for most, with some strong carcase rates recorded for lines of well bred little store lambs.
Less sheep but plenty of weight available in the lead runs. Not all exporters competed and competition for heavy mutton did ease down from the very high levels of the past fortnight. The heaviest ewes eased from $15 to $20, while big wethers held their value better to be $2 to $7/head easier. There was some very strong sales recorded for trade weight sheep at times. Most mutton made from 620c to 680c/kg cwt.Big crossbred ewes made from $188 to $235; heavy Merino ewes sold from $200 to $231; and big Merino wethers made from $220 to$243/head. Plainer and medium sheep were selling from $120 to $175/head across most of the lines.


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