VENDORS sold 37,300 sheep and lambs at the market on Thursday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service heavy and extra heavy lambs were well supplied while medium and heavy trade weights were mixed in quality.
Store lambs remain in demand from Restockers.
Merino lambs increased in numbers.
A full field of buyers operated in a firm to slightly cheaper market. Restocking lambs sold from $61 to $143/head.
Light lambs sold to mixed rates but averaged dearer.
The medium and heavy trade weights were $1 to $2 cheaper and ranged from $135 to $161/head. Carcass prices averaged 670c/kg cwt.
Heavy and extra heavy lambs averaged 620c to 640c/kg. Heavy Merino lambs reached $189 while the best of the hoggets made to $174/head.
Mutton numbers increased and the quality was mixed but contained several large drafts of very heavy crossbred ewes and a few large runs of Merino wethers with a long skin. Medium weight ewes sold from $98 to $144/head.
Heavy crossbred ewes reached $190/head. Heavy Merino wethers sold between $144 to $188/head.
Medium weights averaged from 530c to 545c and the extra heavy ewes around 500c/kg cwt.