Yarding - 47,700 (+7000)
Lambs - 40,700 (+5700)
Sheep - 7000 (+1300)
Damp weather had no impact on supply with numbers increasing moderately at Wagga sheep sale this week. Quality across trade categories was excellent with the bulk of the offering above 26kg. Lambs estimated to weigh more than 30kg were once again well supplied. Trade lambs were in limited supply which contributed to the slightly dearer price trends. The balance of the buying group were in attendance however one major northern processor was shut for winter maintenance.
Shorter skinned well finished trade lambs ignited the bidding to record a top price of $228/head. Lambs weighing 22 to 24kg improved $2/head to average 895c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to a big group of buyers and most categories were unchanged to a few dollars easier. Merino trades weighing 22 to 24kg averaged 754c/kg. Lambs returning to the paddock were few with the mixed breeds making from $94 to $169/head.
Most of the usual buyers were at the rail, however competition was patchy from some processors for 26 to 30kg lambs. Lambs weighing 24 to 26kg were unchanged and averaged 855c/kg cwt. Lambs 26 to 30kg sold to erratic demand with sales firming as the sale progressed. Generally, prices slipped $4 with the bulk averaging $227/head. Extra heavy lambs over 30kg sold from $226 to $286/head to average708c/kg cwt.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton, with heavy sheep in reasonable supply. Not all buyers attended or operated across heavy or trade categories. Heavy ewes sold to stronger demand despite the small field of buyers to gain up to $22/head. Heavy ewes made from $215 to $244/head to average 645c/kg cwt. Trade sheep eased $2 to $3 which was quality related to average 702c to 718c/kg cwt
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