Numbers were similar for the last sale of the year. Quality across the offering was very good with good numbers of shorn trade and heavy lambs. New season trade lambs were in reasonable supply, with the tops of the drafts from the Monaro region. All major trade and export buyers were operating and there was a noticeable push from southern processors across heavy lamb categories. Store lambs were in shorter supply and bidding intensified for all breeds.
New season lambs trade lambs were in short supply and lambs from the Monaro region attracted very strong bidding. Medium and heavy trade lambs made from $145 to $180/head to average 692c/kg cwt. Shorn new season trade lambs were once again keenly sought. Neat shaped trade lambs regularly sold above 700c/kg cwt which meant prices were up to $4/head dearer. Heavy young shorn lambs were well supplied and prices in general were a few dollars dearer on a carcase weight base. Heavy shorn lambs sold from $176 to $190/head. Extra heavy shorn lambs sold from $180 to $252.20/head to average 667c/kg cwt. There was a mixed selection of store lambs in all weights and grades. Light weight store lambs sold from $70 to $106, while the heavier lambs returning to the paddock sold at $122 to 142/head.
It was a mixed quality offering of mutton with all weights and grades represented. Most buyers were operating, however competition was subdued over all categories due to the looming Christmas holiday break. Heavy mutton sold up to $25 cheaper making from $111 to $138.80/head. Trade sheep prices reduced $11 to $16 making from $78 to $127/head to average 436c to 471c/kg cwt