Yarding - 23,000 (+6000).
Lambs - 17,000 (+5000).
Sheep - 6000 (+1000)
A bigger offering of 17,000 lambs and 6,000 sheep this week. There was less quality and weight in the lamb run this week, with a lot of pens off grass showing inconsistent finish and fat cover. The best lambs had been supplemented on grain. Smaller buying field, with a major domestic company absent and some other regular orders very quiet. Prices were cheaper, the majority of lambs showing falls of $8 to $15/head. Middle run lambs in the 22 to 26kg range were the most affected by the cut to domestic buyer competition.
The heaviest export lambs topped at $275 for shorn lambs up around 35 to 36kg. Most of the big export lambs over 30kg sold from $240 to $265/head at an estimated cost of 770c/kg cwt. The bulk of the heavy trade lambs, 24 to 26kg, sold from $190 to $215 to average$208/head. Nicely weighted domestic lambs in the 21 to 23kg range remained limited and the pick of these made from $180 to $195/head. Secondary and lighter processing lambs mostly sold from $155 to $175/head. On a carcase basis the market did perform around quality, with the best trade lambs at 830c to 860c but plainer runs at 770c to 800c/kg cwt. It meant most of the trade lamb categories returned an averages of 810c to 830c/kg cwt when the quality ranges were blended together. The better presented Merino lambs suiting trade buyers sold from$180 to $199 based on skin values of $14 to $16/head. Not much to suit restockers, with only a few agents operating on store lambs, which made from $150 to $170/head for the better framed types.
Mixed yarding of sheep, with Merino wethers offering buyers the biggest and neatest runs in the sale. The price trend was cheaper, although bidding was erratic at times and there was still price spikes such as a top of $253/head for crossbred ewes caused by two export buyers clashing. Most heavy sheep from sold from $160 to $220/head. Good mutton was estimated as making from 570c to 650c/kg cwt.
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