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Market erratic at Wagga Wagga

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Lamb and sheep numbers increased moderately. Quality across new season heavy export lambs was fair to very good however, young lambs over 26kg carcass weight were in short supply. New season trade lambs were well supplied and there were increased numbers of lambs showing dryness. Store lambs were in greater numbers presenting buyers once again with all types and breeds. Old extra heavy lamb was few and old trade lambs were limited. Not all buyers attended or operated fully, with a few buyers only tourists on the day.

Not all domestic buyers participated in the sale, while some companies operated spasmodically causing the market to be quite erratic as buyers struggled to find a base price. Another price adjustment was skin values with companies working on a price of $5 to $8/head. Prices generally dipped $17 to $21/head. Lambs 22kg to 24kg sold from $177 to $219/head to average 810c to 839c/kg cwt. Extra Heavy young lambs met patchy competition slipping $25 to $29/head to average 813c/kg cwt. There was a mixed selection of young lambs suitable for restockers and feedlots. Lambs with weight and frame sold from $162 to $185/head.

Old trade lambs averaged 773c to 800c/kg cwt. Heavy export lambs were few averaging 788c to 843/kg cwt.

It was a fair quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a very small group of buyers. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to substantially weaker competition, with very few buyers interested in bidding. Heavy ewe mutton averaged 572c to 600c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply and prices were $12/head cheaper averaging 565c/kg cwt. Restockers stepped into the market for younger Merino ewes with prices ranging from $128 to $169/head. Merino wethers returning to the paddock recorded a top price of $145/head.