Dry weather forces a big stock offload | Photos, Video

NUMBERS were just shy of 50,000 at the Wagga sheep and lamb sale as vendors embarked on a massive sell off.

Initially the draw was for 51,350 but some lots were pulled out.

Meat and Livestock Australia’s Leann Dax of the National Livestock Reporting Service said despite the big numbers prices were holding firm.

She said the sell off was largely due to the drier weather that was gripping much of the Riverina and southern NSW. 

There was keen demand for lighter lambs and restockers helped to compete with the meat processing companies to help values hold. 

Livestock agents and buyers indicated that many of the lambs were showing the signs of dryness.