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Yarding - 29,000 (-21,550)

Lambs - 22,000 (-14,550)

Sheep - 7000 (-7000)


Lamb and sheep numbers fell notably after last week’s significant price correction. Quality across new season heavy export lambs were in short supply with only limited drafts over 26kg carcass weight. Young trade lambs were in reasonable numbers however quality was quite mixed with some lambs requiring more finish. Store lambs were in big numbers presenting buyers once all types and breeds. Not all buyers attended or operated fully, with a few buyers watching on.

Not all domestic buyers participated in the sale, while some companies operated occasionally. Despite the reduced buying group prices tracked $5 to $8/head dearer. Lambs 21kg to 24kg sold from $169 to $232/head to average 830 to 860c/kg cwt. Extra heavy young lambs had very strong demand regaining last week’s losses to average 920c/kg cwt. There was a mixed selection of young lambs suitable for restockers. Store lambs returning to the paddock sold from $102 to $178/head.

Old trade lambs averaged 809c to 832c/kg cwt. Heavy export lambs were few averaging 840c/kg cwt.

It was a fair quality yarding of mutton that was offered to another very small group of buyers. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to substantially weaker competition, with very few buyers interested in bidding. Heavy ewe mutton averaged 480c to 504c/kg cwt Trade sheep were in reasonable supply and prices were $9 cheaper averaging 527c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers recorded a top price of $231/head.