NUMBERS declined on the back of last week’s more subdued prices with vendors selling 39,000 sheep and lambs at Wagga.
Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service stated that lamb numbers declined significantly.
New season trade lamb quality continues to be mixed under the pressure of the season.
About 12,750 head of new season lambs were penned, with a significant portion weighing 18-22kg cwt.
Lambs to turnout, or feed on, sold to mixed price trends owing to solid competition coming from Tasmania, Ballarat and Forbes.
Old lamb quality was fair, with quite a tail to the offering. The usual group of buyers attended, however not all operated fully.
New season trade lambs sold to slightly weaker trends, however the best of the trade lambs were unchanged.
The bulk of new season trade lambs made from $146 to $218/head to average 824c/kg cwt. Old trade lambs were unchanged to $5 cheaper making from $138 to $212/head to average from 792c to 812c/kg cwt.
New-season heavy and extra heavy lambs sold to steady demand, although not all processors made purchases. The bulk of the heavy new season lambs sold from $220 to $248/head.
Heavy and extra heavy trade lambs sold from $211 to $290/head, averaging 880c/kg cwt. Store lambs prices were very erratic depending on who was buying, the bulk making from $63 to $155/head.
It was a mixed quality offering of mutton, with all weights and grades represented. The market tracked $10 to $13/head dearer.
Heavy crossbred ewes recorded a top price of $203.20/head to average 565c/kg cwt. Trade sheep were well supplied making $98 to $142/head, averaging from 509c to 565c/kg cwt. One score sheep made from $56 to $115/head.