Numbers fell significantly after last week’s easier price trends, down 14,450 to 35,000. Sheep numbers were down 2550 to 10,000 and lamb numbers were down 11,900 to 25,000.
Trade and heavy lambs showed dryness and buyers were more selective when making a purchase. Store lambs were again well supplied with plenty of well-bred lighter weights to suit restockers.
A full turnout of buyers were in attendance along with a large contingent of store buyers from the local area Echuca and Ballarat.
New season lambs trade lambs were in reasonable supply over most weight categories.
The bulk of the offering sold firm to $5/head cheaper. New season trade lambs sold from $124 to $169/head to average around 617c/kg cwt.
Heavy young lambs were limited, selling at $166 to $184/head. Extra heavy lambs sold to weaker demand making from $175 to $192/head to average 635c/kg across the board.
Light weight new season lambs to the processors sold to weaker price trends making from $91 to $128/head.
There were big numbers of lambs suitable for restockers. Light weight store lambs sold from $53 to $108 while the heavier lambs returning to the paddock sold at $118 to $132/head.
Once again there were insufficient numbers of old trade lambs to quote and were not entered into the data base.
Shorn new season trade lambs were keenly sought and were paid premium prices by major processors to average 633c/kg cwt, while the heavy portion sold at $165 to $190/head.
It was another good quality offering of mutton, with a large percentage of heavy sheep.
Trade types and plain sheep were again in short supply.
Most buyers were operating over all categories strongly.
Heavy cross bred and Merino ewes sold $8 to $13 dearer to average 400c to 430c/kg cwt.
Trade sheep were keenly sought and made from $88 to $130 to average 440c/kg cwt.
The limited supply of the light sheep sold from $70 to $92/head.