Yarding - 32,400 (-8600).
Lambs - 24,500 (-6500).
Sheep - 7900 (-2100)
Lamb numbers fell as a result of last week’s decline in prices. Trade weight lambs 20 to 24kg in reasonable supply. Heavy lamb classes were well supplied with most grain assisted. It was almost a full field of buyers and all were operating. Feedlot and restocker competition was strong overall light weight classes.
In the trade market, major domestic processors were sporadic with their buying mostly due to the plainer quality. Lambs weighing 22 to 24kg, were unchanged to $1 easier, averaging 809c to 816c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to a small group of buyers and all categories sold to significantly stronger price trends to average 768c/kg cwt. Young lambs returning to the paddock and to feed ranged from $120 to $185/head.
There was a full field of export buyers in attendance however, not all were operating fully. Heavy lambs sold to patchy demand easing $2/head. Extra heavy lambs 26 to 30kg, slipped $5 averaging 785c/kg cwt. Lambs over 30kg carcase weight sold to strong demand with prices unchanged. The bulk sold from $234 to $285/head.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton, with heavy sheep in good supply. Rain in the north inspired a few more processors to bid on heavy ewes, with some sales up $17 to $22/head. Heavy mutton averaged 616c to 652c/kg. Trade sheep were unchanged to $4 cheaper making from $135 to $165/head.
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