GRIFFITH MARKETS: Sheep and lamb sale March 14 2014

The strong market of the previous week certainly attracted plenty of numbers (19,600) to produce a fair to good quality yarding. There

were some outstanding heavy weight lambs penned, along with a fair selection of lighter weights and Dorpers. All the regular buyers were in attendance and operating in a solid market.

Trade weight lambs were firm to a little easier with the 18kg to 22kg 3 scores selling from $98 to $155/head to average 592c/kg cwt. Heavy weight lambs were $5 to $7 cheaper, with the 22kg to 26kg 4 scores selling from $132 to $167, while the extra heavy weights sold from $153 to $195/head. Merino lambs were $7 to $9 cheaper, with the trade weights selling from $96 to $137, while the heavier weights over 22kg sold from $135 to $155/head. Lightweight lambs were close to firm, with 12kg to 16kg 2 scores selling from $50 to $86/head.

It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton with some excellent pens of heavy weight crossbred and Dorper ewes, along with some reasonable lines of Merinos. Most grades were $2 to $5 dearer with 2 score ewes selling from $35 to $79/head.

The 3 and 4 score medium and heavy weight ewes sold from $64 to $122 for Merinos and $123/head for crossbreds. Merino wethers sold to $110/head. Restockers paid from $108 to $122/head for 3 to 6 year old crossbred ewes which were sold due to the sale of a property.

Sheep at the Griffith sheep and lamb sale.

Sheep at the Griffith sheep and lamb sale.