Numbers lifted due lamb prices gaining momentum at other selling centres. Quality was very good to outstanding over trade and heavy lamb categories, with most lamb’s grain assisted or finished on crop. The usual winter buying group attended but not all operated fully.
In the trade market, the carcase weight prices were pushed notably higher. The standout trend at the sale has been very buoyant demand from major domestic orders for lambs 21 to 24kg new season lambs to average 843c/kg cwt. Old trade lambs gained $8 to $12/head toaverage 815c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to the usual group of buyers and all categories sold to stronger competition to average 707c/kgcwt. New season lambs returning to the paddock sold from $128 to $170/head.
The usual export buyers at the rail and all were keen to acquire a market share. Competition improved over all weight categories. Lambs, 24to 26kg, sold $14 dearer making from $196 to $210/head to average 798c/kg cwt. Extra heavy lambs were unchanged to $5/head dearer withlambs over 30kg averaging 638c/kg cwt.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton with heavy sheep well supplied. Heavy ewes sold to stronger price trends to average from 605c to613c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were limited making from 590c to 614c/kg cwt.