Yarding - 41,000 (+5200).
Lambs - 31,000 (+1000).
Sheep - 10,000 (+4200)
Producers once again pushed more lambs onto the market this week as they prepare paddocks for sowing and dry conditions prevail. Trade weight lambs 20 to 24kg were well supplied and quality improved. Heavy lamb classes offered plenty of finish, most grain assisted. A full field of buyers were in attendance and all were operating, however one major domestic processor was careful, preferring shorter skin lambs showing plenty of shape and finish.
In the trade market, major domestic processors were in and out of the market, preferring to take the top runs out of each agent’s sale. Lambsweighing 22 to 24kg, sold $4 cheaper to average 816c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs sold to a small group of buyers and all categories sold to erratic price trends to average 730c/kg cwt. Young lambs returning to the paddock and to feed on, ranged from $130 to $205/head.
There was a bigger field of export buyers in attendance, however not all were operating fully. Heavy lambs sold to sporadic demand with domestic processors desiring to stay away from this weight range. Extra heavy lambs sold to erratic bidding with prices generally unchanged to $10 cheaper, averaging 790c/kg cwt. Lambs over 30kg carcase weight sold from $226 to $286/head to average 750c/kg cwt.
It was a very mixed quality yarding of mutton with heavy sheep in reasonable supply. Heavy ewes sold to notably weaker trends with heavy crossbred ewes falling $55 to average 612c/kg cwt. A single pen of heavy crossbred ewes recorded a top price of $240/head. Trade sheep were unchanged to $7 cheaper making from $118 to $166/head
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