Yarding - 354,267 (-1521)
Lambs - 25,875 (-1010)
Sheep - 8392 (+403)
Numbers eased as agents yarded 25,875 lambs and 8,392 sheep to total 34,267 head overall. The quality was plain to excellent with all weight and grades offered. Finished heavy trade and export lambs coming off supplementary feed were presented in exceptional condition. Most of the usual buying group attended but not all operated fully in a very strong market.
Store buyers were very strong again this week with lambs back to the paddock making from $109 to $189 for under 18kg and $170 to $207 for over 18kg cwt, selling firm to $5/head stronger. Light lambs under 18kg cwt to the processer to fill MK orders (bagged lamb) sold $ 5dearer, making from $113 to $162/head. Merino lambs sold from $118 to $189/head. Trade lambs sold dearer with multiple sales averaging over 900c/kg cwt. Demand was high for the neat finished medium trade weights, with limited supply pushing processes to higher weight categories. Lambs 18 to 22kg cwt to the trade sold from $170 to $210/head. The 22 to 24kg category lambs made a top of $219/head withan average range of 870c to 885c/kg cwt. Lambs 24 to 26kg selling from $208 to $225/head averaged 860c/kg cwt.
Export, score 4 lambs weighing 26 to 30kg, sold from $216 to $248 and the over 30kg sold from $238 to $296/head, to average of 750c to810c/kg cwt. Heavy export sold $8 dearer and extra heavy export lambs sold to a top of $296/head.
Sheep quality was plain to very good and most of the buying group were present in another strong market to be $8/head dearer in places. Merino wethers made from $181 to $250 to range from 680c to 720c/kg cwt, with the lighter weights selling from $130 to $171/head. HeavyMerino ewes sold from $170 to $235 to average 680c to 710c and heavy crossbred ewes made from $167 to $274/head averaging 660c/kgcwt. Merino rams sold to a top of $185 and one pen of crossbred rams sold to $205/head.
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