There was a slightly smaller yarding of 32,175 lambs sold at Hamilton, down 2,386 head. The quality ranged from average to good. The unshorn lambs continued to show more dryness in their skins and less condition as many light plainer lambs were offered with some mixed quality shorn lambs as agents also dealt with the annual weaner cattle sales. Most of the usual buying gallery attended, however some did not operate in a subdued market with less urgency creating a much cheaper trend. Light lambs sold from $5 to $10 lower with some sales up to $15/head easier in isolated sales. Medium and heavy trade weights sold $10 to $15 cheaper and heavy lambs came back $15 to $20/head on last week’s strong sale.
Restocking young lambs sold from $94 to $137 and the lighter 1 score lots made from $24 to $92/head as the store buyers came from the South Australian border, Shepparton, Horsham, Swan Hill, Narracoote and locally. They also bought shorn lambs between $94 to $134/head as they keenly took the opportunity to fill orders.
Light weight 2 score young lambs to the processors made $88 to $122/head averaging 640c/kg cwt. Light trade weights sold from $116 to $130/head averaging 664c/kg cwt. Medium trade weight 2 and 3 scores sold from $128 to $160 and heavy trade weight 3 scores sold from $157 to $170/head as they averaged an estimated 660c/kg cwt. Heavy young lambs sold from $174 to the market top of $197/head to sell between 650c and 660c/kg cwt.
Shorn lambs of medium weight sold from $122 to $149, heavy trade weights sold from $148 to $168 and heavy shorn lambs made $164 to $191/head to average from 640c to 670c/kg cwt. Heavy hoggets sold from $120 to reach $155/head.