New-season lambs enter the market

MEETING THE MARKET: Buyers, vendors and livestock agents gather at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre for the sheep and lamb sale.
MEETING THE MARKET: Buyers, vendors and livestock agents gather at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre for the sheep and lamb sale.

VENDORS yarded and sold 30,000 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service numbers lifted and quality was mixed with producers offloading secondary types due impart to teeth becoming an issue.

There were reasonable numbers of heavy lambs, along with a very good selection of trade weights, mostly grain fed. There were a few pens of new season lambs offered and they sold from $124 to $162/head.

The usual export and domestic buyers were in attendance and most companies were operating.

Shorn trade lambs were paid premium prices as buyers were in search of well finished types with shape.

Generally trade lambs lifted $8 to $9/head. The bulk of trade lambs sold from $115 to $167/head to average 635c/kg cwt.

Merino trade lambs were in reasonable supply making from $113 to $154, with the grain fed heavy weights grain fed topping at $173/head. Light lambs to the processors sold $7 to $9 dearer making from $88 to $115/head.

Heavy lambs were in greater numbers and quality was excellent, with plenty of lambs weighing 30kg cwt plus.

Heavy lambs sold to a larger group of processors to average 609c/kg cwt. The bulk of the extra heavy lambs ignited the bidding selling from $171 to $228/head to average 609c/kg cwt.

It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton, and most buyers were operating. Meanwhile, heavy sheep sold to erratic price trends to average from 359c to 416/kg cwt.

Trade sheep were well supplied making from $86 to $124/head to average 449c to 460c/kg cwt.

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