Lamb demand

VENDORS sold 31,200 sheep and lambs at the Wagga sale on Thursday.

Light and medium trade lambs were $5 to $8/head dearer.

New season lambs eased $1/head.

The majority of 3 scores averaged from 420c to 433c/kg cwt.

Well-finished Merino trade lambs were up to $8 dearer while the light trades were up to $9/head dearer with odd sales more.

Most of the medium and heavy trade pens made from $76 to $100/head.

Restocking lambs sold to a top price of $75.20/head.

Heavy lambs were keenly contested by both major export buyers which resulted in a dearer trend.

Extra heavy lambs sold $3 dearer and most of the well finished pens averaged 377c to 413c/kg cwt.

An exceptional pen estimated to weigh 33kg cwt topped at $135.50/head.

Mutton numbers were steady and quality was very mixed with all weights and grades represented.

All grades sold to very weak demand with most classes $11 to $13/head cheaper.

Heavy mutton averaged 197c to 229c while medium grades averaged 213c to 243c/kg cwt.

– National Livestock Reporting Service

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