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Sucker Lamb market continued its impressive run at Wagga Wagga

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Lamb numbers increased while sheep supplies declined slightly. New season lamb numbers slipped to 26,470 head. Quality across new season heavy export was excellent while trade lambs there were increased supplies of trade lambs requiring more finish. New season store lambs were well supplied offering buyers a very good selection of well-bred types. Old trade and heavy export lamb quality was fair to very good. A full field of domestic buyers were operating however not all export buyers operated.


The new season lamb market continued its impressive run, with the top pens of well finished trade lambs selling above 1000c/kg cwt. Lambs 22kg to 24kg sold from $200 to $277/head to average 1029c/kg cwt. Extra Heavy young lambs met strong demand from southern processors sold from $275 to $315 while over 30kg recorded a top price of $340/head to average 970c/kg cwt. There was a very good selection of well- bred young lambs suitable for restockers and feedlots. Prices increased slightly for store lambs, buyers travelled from Ballarat, Cowra, Griffith and the local area. Lambs with weight and frame sold from $144 to $220/head.


Old trade lamb quality was plain to very good with buyers upping the ante for shorter skinned types. Lambs weighing 22kg to 24kg averaged 984c/kg cwt.


A reduced field of export buyers were in attendance and competed over a better-quality yarding to the previous sale. Lambs 26kg to 30kg sold to stronger competition from both northern and southern buyers to average 984/kg cwt. Old lambs estimated to weight more than 30kg carcass weight again ignited the bidding to record a top price of $377/head and average 1007c/kg cwt.


It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton that was offered to a small group of buyers. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to very weak demand making from $172 to $220/head to average 598c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes gained $14/head to average 631c/kg. Trade sheep were in reasonable supply selling at $140 to $154/head. Merino ewes returning to the paddock sold from $97 to $140/head.

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