VENDORS sold 41,380 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service numbers declined and quality across the heavy categories was good.
There were 5000 new season lambs offered and the trade weights were well presented while the older trade lamb grades tended to be varied in finish.
There were mainly trade and heavy weights penned and the store new seasons were well supplied.
All the usual buyers were present and operating and competition was very strong on the well finished lines.
Light new season lambs to the processors averaged $154, up $12 while store lambs averaged from $59 to $122/head.
Medium and heavy trade weight new season lambs were $10/head dearer and more in places and averaged from 840c to 880c/kg cwt.
The better heavy trade weight new seasons sold from $190 to $209/head. Trade weight old lambs were $6 to $10 dearer and averaged 830c/kg cwt with plenty of lines selling from $190 to $216/head.
Heavy weight and extra heavy weight lambs were also dearer by similar levels and averaged from 845c to 890c/kg cwt with a number of pens selling from $275 to a top price of $300/head.
Mutton numbers increased and quality was mixed throughout.
Medium Merino ewes were $1 cheaper and averaged from $88 to $107/head or 420c to 450c/kg cwt. Heavy first cross ewes were a couple easier and averaged $141/head or 440c to 460c/kg cwt. Light Merino sheep made from $46 to $84/head.