Numbers were reduced and quality was mixed, with some lambs reflecting the dry conditions. There were fewer heavy lambs, along with a mix of trade and lighter weights. The usual buyers were in attendance but not all companies operated fully. Shorn trade lambs attracted the strongest competition as buyers opted to bid on better shapes and quality. Generally trade lambs were unchanged to $3/head easier. The bulk of trade lambs sold from $102 to $162/head to average 607c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs were in reasonable supply making from $102 to $154/head. Store lambs were limited with the bulk of the lighter weights selling to processors. The bulk of the store lambs sold from $70 to $117/head. Heavy lambs were in shorter supply and quality was very good. Heavy lambs sold to a smaller group of processors to average 579c/kg cwt. The bulk of the extra heavy lambs sold from $165 to $207/head to average 580c/kg cwt. It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton. Heavy sheep sold to average 395c to 439/kg cwt. Trade sheep were well supplied making from $84 to $124/head. Light sheep sold from $60 to $85/head to average 400c/kg cwt.
Last week’s price reduction saw numbers fall this sale with lambs showing the biggest decrease. Lamb quality was similar to that of previous sales with good numbers of well finished lines offered along with the plainer types. All of the usual buyers were not present and competed in a firm to easier market. A small of offering of new season lambs sold from $115 to $144/head. Light old lambs were $3 easier, selling from $108 to $112/head. Trade weights were $3 to $5 cheaper with prices ranging from $114 to $135/head. Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs were well supplied and held steady. Heavy lambs sold from $140 to $156/head. Extra heavy weights received from $151 to $205/head. Carcase prices averaged from 550c to 576c/kg cwt. Mutton numbers were mostly made up of Merinos and quality was very mixed. Prices eased with Merino ewes selling from $95 to $137/head. Crossbred ewes sold from $102 to $140 and Dorper ewes received from $85 to $117/head.