Farm Tender

Slightly dearer market at Wagga Wagga

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Yarding - 43,000 (+13,000)

Lambs - 32,000 (+10,000)

Sheep - 10,000 (+3000)


Lamb and sheep increased moderately. Heavy lambs were in short supply and quality was very good. Young trade lambs were in bigger numbers with most well covered with plenty of shape. Store lambs were well supplied offering buyers light to medium weight types with plenty of frame. It was a bigger group of buyers in attendance however not all operated.

Not all domestic buyers participated in the sale, while other processor demand was patchy. Despite the reduced buying group prices were unchanged to $2/head dearer. Lambs 21kg to 24kg sold from $183 to $228/head to average 830 to 866c/kg cwt. Extra Heavy young lambs sold to robust competition with prices jumping $15 to record a top price of $315/head. There was a mixed selection of young lambs suitable for restockers. Store lambs returning to the paddock sold from $115 to $181/head. Lambs to feed on ranged from $161 to $205/head.Old trade lambs averaged 858c/kg cwt. Heavy export lambs were few averaging 847c to 947/kg cwt.

It was a fair quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a small buying group. The prediction of rain created some urgency for heavy ewe mutton. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to substantially stronger competition, with bidding intensifying for the heaviest of ewes. Heavy ewe mutton averaged 590c to 620c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply and prices were $4/head dearer averaging 588c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino wethers recorded a top price of $225/head to average 659c/kg cwt.