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Yarding - 42,000 (+9200)
Lambs - 31,000 (+8000)
Sheep - 11,000 (+1200)
Numbers lifted due to a week of fine weather. Quality across new season heavy export lambs was fair to very good with some lines very dry in the wool. Young woolly trade lambs lacked finish with wet weather impacting upon their overall condition and finish. All buyers pushed hard for shorn trade and extra heavy export lambs. Not all buyers attended or operated fully. Most of the usual buying group were at the market and operating.
All domestic trade buyers operated in the market which caused competition to strengthen over most weight classes. Prices generally improved $5 to $8/head. Lambs 21 to 24kg sold from $181 to $230/head to average 898c/kg cwt. Extra Heavy young lambs in wool sold to fluctuating competition. Extra heavy woolly lambs sold from $237 to $294, while the shorn, extra heavy young lambs over 30kg carcass weight made from $294 to $333/head to average 958 to 999c/kg cwt. There was a very mixed selection of young lambs suitable for restockers with a lot of lambs lacking condition. Store lambs returning to the paddock with some weight and frame sold from $151 to $188/head.
It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a small group of buyers. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to significantly stronger competition, with prices improving $13/head. Heavy ewe mutton averaged 621c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply averaging 571c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers were well supplied and prices lifted $30/head with one major northern buyer purchasing the bulk. Heavy wethers sold at $168 to $229/head averaging 676c/kg cwt.