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Yarding - 46,000 (+6000)
Lambs - 32,000 (-2000)
Sheep - 14,000 (+8000)
Lamb numbers decreased while sheep supplies lifted. New season lamb numbers slipped to 17,350. Quality across new season heavy export and trade weight categories was excellent, along with a very good selection of well-bred store lambs. Old trade and heavy export lamb quality was fair to good. A full field of domestic buyers were operating however not all export buyers attended.
New season lambs were keenly sought with the market fluctuating in early sales before strengthening. Lambs 22kg to 24kg sold from $192 to $266/head to average 986c/kg cwt. Extra heavy young lambs met strong demand from the southern processors selling from $273 to $290, while over 30kg cwt set a new Australian record of $340/head to average 1001c/kg cwt. There was a very good selection of well-bred young lambs suitable for restockers and feedlots. Prices increased for store lambs by $5 to $10/head, buyers travelled from Ballarat, Goulburn and the local area. Lambs with weight and frame made from $167 to $222/head.
Old trade lamb quality was plain to fair with some stock lacking finish. Lambs weighing 22kg to 24kg averaged 889c/kg cwt. Merino lambs 22kg to 24kg sold $13/head cheaper to average 889c/kg cwt
A reduced field of export buyers were in attendance and competing over a mixed quality yarding. Lambs 26kg to 30kg sold to steady competition from both northern and southern buyers to average 960c/kg cwt. Lambs estimated to weight more than 30kg carcass weight sold to strong southern competition with prices jumping $28/head to average 981c/kg cwt.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a smaller group of buyers. Heavy ewes sold to very weak demand making from $165 to $230/head to average 604c to 639c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply selling at $135 to $161/head. Heavy Dorper ewes returning to the paddock sold from $268 to $274/head.