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Yarding - 30,000 (-12,000)
Lambs - 21,000 (-10,000)
Sheep - 9000 (-2000)
Numbers dropped for the last sale of 2021. Producers pushed a fair percentage of store lambs into the market. Well finished trade and heavy lambs were in short supply. All buyers favoured shorn lambs and bidded strongly for lambs weighing 22kg carcass weight and above. Not all the usual buying group attended, with only a few companies making purchases.
The limited availability of good quality domestic lambs helped keep the market on track despite patchy competition. Prices generally slipped $4 to $6/head. Lambs 21kg to 24kg sold from $194 to $230/head to average 888c/kg cwt. Extra heavy young lambs in wool sold to fluctuating competition. Extra heavy lambs sold from $245 to $270 while the shorn extra heavy young lambs over 30kg carcass weight made from $300 to $325/head to average 935c/kg cwt. There was a very mixed selection of young lambs suitable for restockers with big numbers lacking condition. Store lambs returning to the paddock with some weight and frame sold from $140 to $183/head.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a very small group of buyers. Agents stepped in purchasing a large portion of the younger sheep. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to very weak demand with prices slipping $48/head. Heavy ewe mutton averaged 522c to 533c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply however few buyers operated with prices averaging 513c/kg cwt. Young ewes back returning to \the paddock sold from $121 to $238/head.