A TOTAL of 36,000 sheep and lambs were offered at Wagga on Thursday.
Numbers lifted by 2500 and quality was fair to good.
Vendors sold 6030 new season lambs which comprised of medium and heavy lines along with a few pens of lighter weights.
Prices tracked higher overall lamb categories. All buyers were present, however not all operated.
Well finished shorn lambs and new season young lambs benefited from the strongest bidding from major processors.
New season lambs made from $124 to $164/head to average 640c/kg cwt.
Supplementary fed and shorter skinned trade lambs attracted solid competition while longer wool lambs were overlooked by some processors.
Old trade lambs sold $5/head dearer. The better finished 22-24kg sold at $140 to $158/head.
Merino trade lambs made from $105 to $148.60/head.
Lighter weight lambs suitable to restock or sold at $78 to $104/head.
Heavy lamb prices topped at $168/head to average 597c/kg cwt.
Competition was steady for heavy lambs making form $160 to $208/head to average 530c to 550c/kg cwt.
It was a good quality offering of sheep, with most weights and grades represented.
Most buyers were operating. Heavy cross bred ewes sold $8 dearer to average 343c, while the Merino portion lifted $10/head to average 416c/kg cwt.
Trade sheep sold up to $7 to $8 dearer selling at $74 to $125/head.