Vendors sold a total of 38,000 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday.
According to MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service more than 60 per cent of the offering was in store-conditioned lambs in various weight categories.
Most trade and heavy lambs showed dryness, however buyers were forced to buy plainer trade lambs in order to secure numbers. Store lambs were well supplied with plenty of well-bred lighter weights to suit restockers.
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 and sold from $166 to $184/head.
Extra heavy lambs lacked weight and sold from $175 to $192/head to average 635c/kg across the board.
Lightweight new season lambs to the processors sold to stronger price trends at the lighter end, making from $117 to $128/head.
There were was a big upswing in lambs suitable for restockers. Local restockers were out in force after much-needed rain.
Lightweight store lambs sold from $90 to $115 while the heavier lambs returning to the paddock sold at $115 to $128/head.
Once again there were insufficient numbers of old trade lambs to quote and were not entered into the database.
Shorn new season trade lambs were keenly sought and were paid premium prices by major processors averaging 645c to 666c/kg cwt, while the heavy portion sold at $170 to $196/head.
It was the first mixed-quality offering of mutton in several weeks, with most weights and grades represented.
Trade types and plain sheep were in reasonable supply. Trade sheep were keenly sought making from $84 to $133/head averaging 446c/kg cwt.
Heavy cross bred and Merino ewes sold to easier price trend which was quality related.
The bulk of the heavy sheep sold from $116 to $150/head to average 382c/kg cwt.
The very mixed supply of the light sheep sold from $68 to $99/head.