Griffith vendors sell 17,800 sheep and lambs

VENDORS sold 17,800 sheep and lambs at the Griffith market on Friday.

Numbers of lambs showed a big increase according to Meat and Livestock Australia’s national livestock reporting service. 

A NUMBERS GAME: Livestock agents and auctioneers take the bids during the Griffith market.

A NUMBERS GAME: Livestock agents and auctioneers take the bids during the Griffith market.

Lamb quality was fair and similar to that of previous sales, with good numbers of grain fed lambs offered.

Heavy and extra heavy weight lambs made up the majority of the yarding. The usual buyers were present and competing in a firm to easier market.

Light lambs eased $2, selling from $114 to $121/head.

Trade weights were firm to $3 easier with prices ranging from $123 to $154/head.

Heavy and extra heavy weights were $3 to $5 easier, with heavy lambs selling from $151 to $166/head.

Extra heavy weights sold from $161 to a top of $239/head for a pen estimated at 44kg carcase weights.

Carcase prices averaged from 606c to 640c/kg cwt.

Mutton quality was very mixed and Merinos made up the majority.

Prices continue to lift with Merino ewes selling from $110 to $190/head. Crossbred ewes ranged in price from $96 to $19/head.