Yarding - 35,800 (+9500).
Lambs - 30,000 (+8000).
Sheep - 5800 (-1500)
Producers pushed more lambs onto the market this week as they prepare paddocks for sowing. Trade weight lambs 20 to 24kg were in short supply and quality varied through each agents run. Heavy lamb classes presented with plenty of finish, most being grain assisted. A full field of buyers were in attendance and all were operating, however, major domestic processors were selective preferring shorter skin lambs showing plenty of shape and finish.
In the trade market, major domestic processors took a back seat and only operated on lambs in a very short skin showing plenty of shape. Lambs weighing 22kg to 24kg, sold $7 to $13 cheaper to average 826c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to a small group of buyers and all categories sold to weak competition to average 731c/kg cwt. Young lambs returning to the paddock and to feed, ranged from $137 to $200/head.
There was a reduced field of export buyers in attendance and not all were operating fully. Heavy lambs sold to patchy demand with domestic processors barely buying a chop, which resulted in a cheaper trend of $12/head. Extra heavy lambs sold to erratic bidding with prices generally $12 cheaper averaging 815c/kg cwt. Lambs over 30kg carcase weight sold from $241 to $289/head to average 806c/kg cwt.
It was a fair to very good quality yarding of mutton, with heavy sheep in greater supply. Heavy ewes sold to strong demand to average 603c to 689c/kg cwt. A single pen of heavy crossbred ewes recorded a top price of $288/head. Trade sheep prices gained a few dollars making from $138 to $160/head.
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