Decline due to mixed quality from spring conditions

Supply declined slightly due to mixed quality, down 5000 to 45,000 in Wagga.

This included 33,000 lambs and 12,000 sheep, down 2000 and 3000, respectively, from last week.

Numbers at this week's sales were down due to mixed quality from spring conditions.

Numbers at this week's sales were down due to mixed quality from spring conditions.

Half the yarding this week was made up of store type lambs due in part to the rapid decline of the spring conditions.

Many producers have been forced to off load lambs weighing from 10-18kg cwt.

All the usual buyers were in attendance along with several restockers from Ballarat.

New season trade lambs were well supplied over all weight categories, with producers opting to sell rather than carry lambs through to make a heavier article.

The bulk of the offering was firm to a few dollars dearer.

New season trade lambs sold from $125 to $164/head, to average 603c/kg cwt.

Heavy young lambs were in shorter supply, selling from $160 to $172, while the extra heavy lambs made from $168 to $204/head.

Light weight new season lambs to the processors sold at mixed price trends and at times selling from $77 to $118/head.

There were big numbers of lambs suitable for restockers.

Light weight store lambs sold from $57 to $110, while the heavier lambs back to the paddock made from $112 to $148/head.

The mixed quality supply of old lambs sold to erratic competition.

The bulk of the old trade lambs averaged 584c/kg cwt.

Heavy old lambs were in shorter supply and quality was quite good, with some lambs weighing 30kg cwt plus.

Extra heavy lambs sold to a smaller group of processors, topping at $195/head, to average 576c/kg cwt.

It was a good quality offering of mutton, comprised mostly of heavy sheep, with trade types and plain sheep in short supply.

Not all buyers were operating fully. Heavy crossbred and Merino ewes lifted $16/head, to average 317c/kg cwt.

Trade sheep were in shorter supply which created a dearer trend of $8 to $10/head, to average 353c/kg cwt.

Buyers paid premium prices for light sheep as they struggled to find numbers, with the bulk selling for $66 to $74/head.