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Very strong market at Ballarat

Yarding - 39,900 (-711)
Lambs - 31,400 (+1156)
Sheep - 8500 (-1867)

Agents drew for 31,000 lambs, the quality ranging from plain to excellent with all weights and grades offered, all the usual buying group were present in a very strong market, starting firm to last week’s levels, gaining momentum as the sale progressed. Light and medium trade lambs sold $5 to $8 stronger, the well presented trade lambs in short skins were in demand selling to $15/head dearer in places. Heavy trade was up $5 to $10/head quality dependent. Heavy export and extra heavy lambs to $16 dearer and more in place, selling to a top of $300/head. Store buyers were strong again this week with lambs back to the paddock making from $114 to $176 for under 18kg and $159 to $189/head for over 18kg, $5 to $8/head stronger. Lambs to suit MK orders sold from $133 to $166/head, to $8 dearer in places.

Lambs to the trade 18 to 22kg sold from $162 to $197, 22 to 24kg, made from $181 to $215/head to range from 768c to 882c to average820c to 860c/kg cwt. Lambs 24 to 26kg selling from $199 to $218/head, to average 820c to 830c/kg cwt. Export 4 score 26 to 30kg lambs,sold from $213 to $244 and over 30kg sold from $240 to $300/head to average an estimated 755c/kg cwt. Merino lambs sold from $93 to$165 under 18kg and $154 to $212/head over 18kg cwt.

Sheep numbers decreased to 8,500. The quality was plain to good, all the usual buyers were present and most were active in a strong market to be $10/head dearer in places. Merino wethers made from $174 to $220/head to average 690c to 715c/kg cwt, with the lighter weights sold from $128 to $178/head. Heavy Merino ewes sold from $165 to $226 to average 660c to 680c and heavy crossbred ewes made $171 to$251/head averaging 640c to 660c/kg cwt. Rams sold to $180 Merino’s and $70/head for crossbred’s.

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