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Yarding - 14,300 (+2600)
Lambs - 10,500 (+1700)
Sheep - 3800 (+900)
Only a modest change to supply with overall numbers remaining low at 10,500 lambs and 3,800 sheep. The big change this week was in demand with a full field of export and domestic buyers operating at Bendigo for the first time this year. It resulted in much dearer price trends. being recorded compared to a week ago. Lambs gained $10 to $20, some of the neatest domestic types in the 22-24kg cwt lifting by more due to limited supplies. Sheep prices surged on the depressed levels of a week ago, the main category of extra heavy crossbred ewes showing a rise of $65 as prices averaged over $200/head again.
There was evidence of a lot more weight starting to appear in the run lamb with all agents having an impressive line-up of shorn lambs that weighed in excess of 30kg cwt. These export lams sold from $250 to a top of $288 showing a range of 780c to 870c depending on size and breed type for a ballpark average of 830c/kg cwt. Some of the strongest bidding was for trade lambs in the 22-26kg cwt range, with good quality shorn pens consistently making from $215 to $245/head. This put most sales in a range of 840c to 900c/kg cwt with select pens of neat domestic lambs peaking at around 940c/kg. There was some plainer trade lambs lacking breed style shape or carcass finish, which soldfrom $175 to $195/head. The supply of light lambs was limited and only a few lines sold to restockers. Most light lambs $135 to $175/head.
Competition for sheep was much keener than a week ago with more processors active and this boosted prices. Heavy sheep mostly $180 to $220 with a pen of heavy Merino ewes in a skin topping at $240/head. Most heavy trade sheep $140 to $180 with good lines of mutton estimated as costing buyers over 600c/kg cwt