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Yarding - 32,800 (+300)
Lambs - 23,000 (+1500)
Sheep - 9800 (-1200)
Lamb numbers improved slightly. Quality across new season heavy export lambs was quite good with bigger numbers showing freshness in the skin. Young trade lambs were in bigger numbers and quality was quite good. Not all buyers attended or operated fully. Buying competition improved particularly for shorn lambs presenting with finish and weight.
Not all domestic buyers operated fully however the market stepped up a gear with prices improving $3 to $5/head. Lambs 21kg to 24kg sold from $182 to $222/head to average 850c/kg cwt. Extra Heavy young lambs sold to stronger competition for the shorn portion. Shorn young lambs sold from $230 to $318/head. Shorn lambs over 30kg carcass weight averaged 905c/kg cwt. There was a mixed selection of young lambs suitable for restockers and lot feeders, with most orders from the local supply area. Store lambs returning to the paddock with some weight and frame sold from $136 to $185/head.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a bigger group of buyers. Heavy crossbred and Merino ewes sold to weaker competition. Heavy ewe mutton averaged 583c to 605c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply averaging 614c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers were in greater numbers selling at $173 to $231/head