THE yarding numbers were down to just 25,000 at the Wagga sheep and lamb sale on Thursday.
The lower yarding was attributed to the big rainfalls that were forecast for the region.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service trade lambs were in short supply, while heavy lambs were in greater numbers this sale.
Young shorn trade lambs attracted the best competition and were keenly sought by all buyers. Not all major trade buyers operated fully.
Store lambs were well supplied, however most were unshorn and prices fluctuated throughout the sale.
New season lambs to the trade were limited over all weight categories.
The bulk of the offering sold to dearer trends making from $120 to $174/head to average 626c/kg cwt. Heavy young lambs were in reasonable supply and sold from $168 to $188/head.
Extra heavy lambs in full wool sold from $182 to $213/head to average 634c/kg cwt. There was a mixed selection of store lambs in all weights and grades.
Light weight store lambs sold from $40 to $104, while the heavier lambs returning to the paddock sold from $107 to $128/head.
Shorn new season trade lambs were keenly sought and buyers paid a premium for the better shapes to average 645c/kg cwt, while the heavy portion sold at $174 to $230/head.
It was a mixed quality offering of mutton with all weights and grades represented. Most buyers were operating over all categories.
Heavy mutton made from $124 to $167, while the heavy wether portion topped at $150/head. Trade sheep were keenly sought and made from $96 to $140/head and averaged 466c/kg cwt.