Lamb numbers were back to 2,976 yarded, with quality mixed, mostly plain with a small selection of good quality heavy export lambs offered. Not all the usual buying group attended, buyers were very selective and there was more competition from exporters to see heavy lambs increase $6 to $10/head.
Light lambs sold from $89 to $142, $5/head softer. Lambs back to the paddock, paid from $72 to $130/head, to be firm. Trade lambs, 18 to24kg, sold from $126 to $162, $5 to $10/head softer but not the quality offered this week, to average 670c/kg cwt. Lambs, 24 to 26kg, sold from $154 to $164, holding mostly firm to $2/head softer, with an average of 630c/kg cwt. Export score 4 lambs, 26 to 30kg, sold from $162 to $190, $6 dearer and extra heavy export lambs over 30kg sold from $171 to $196, up to $10/head dearer. Merino lambs, over 16kg, sold from $103 to $160, to be $12 dearer in places and restockers paid from $83 to $128/head.
Sheep yarding of 1,477. Quality was plain to good with export buyers competitive for the heavy sheep to see crossbred ewes selling to $197, $35/head up on last week’s top. Merino ewes over 18kg sold from $103 to $179, in places to be $20/dead dearer. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $126 to $197/head. Merino wethers sold from $120 to $153, $6/head dearer. Rams sold to $90 for Merino’s and $40/head for crossbreds.