VENDORS sold a total of 29,000 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service supply declined on the back of the previous week’s cheaper trend.
Quality was quite good across heavy lamb categories, while trade weights were either excellent or lacking some finish.
There was a mixed supply of secondary lambs to suit both processors and restockers.
The trade market sold to strong competition, with all trade weight lambs posting sizable gains of $7 to $9/head. Medium and heavy trade lambs made from $135 to $173/head, to average 626c to 650c/kg cwt.
Restocker activity was limited with most lighter weight lambs selling to processors at dearer trends. Heavy and extra heavy lambs were in reasonable supply and all buyers operated strongly.
Heavy lambs and extra heavy lambs sold $11 to $15/head dearer to average 595c/kg cwt.
There was a good quality offering of heavy mutton along with most other weights and grades.
All buyers were operating and demand strengthened significantly. Heavy sheep sold from $122 to $190/head to average 488c/kg cwt. Trade sheep sold from $108 to $136/head, to average 449c/kg cwt.