Numbers down at Wagga lamb and sheep sale

Rain and a cheaper market cause numbers to drop in Wagga last week.

Rain and a cheaper market cause numbers to drop in Wagga last week.

There were a few contributing factors to why last week’s yarding was down on the previous week at the sales in Wagga.

The yarding on Thursday was a total of 36,000, down 19,000 on the previous week.

There were 22,000 lambs, down 8000, and 14,000 sheep, down 11,000 on offer.

Rain and a significantly cheaper market last week caused numbers to decline notably.

New season trade lamb quality continues to be mixed with some lambs showing dryness.

There was 17,390 lambs penned of which approximately 7,000 head were store types.

Old season lamb quality was fair with the shorn portion attracting the greatest competition.

The usual group of buyers attended, however, not all operated fully.

New season trade lambs sold to much stronger prices trends of $10 to $26/head.

The bulk of new season trade lambs made from $148 to $222/head, with the heavy trade 22-24kg cwt averaging 831c/kg cwt.

New season heavy and extra heavy lambs sold to steady demand with not all processors making purchases.

The limited supply of the heavy new season lambs sold from $211 to $241.20/head.

Old season trade lambs prices fluctuated with the trade portion making from $137 to $195/head.

Heavy lambs were in short supply selling from $185 to $210/head.

Rain inspired restockers with orders from Tamworth, Bathurst, Ballarat, Barellan and Griffith.

Light lambs to turnout sold from $56 to $114, while lambs with weight and frame made from $116 to $170/head.

It was a mixed quality offering of mutton with all weights and grades represented.

The market generally tracked $20 to $37/head dearer.

Heavy Merino ewes recorded a top price of $179.20/head to average 480c/kg cwt.

Trade sheep were well supplied selling from $75 to $130/head averaging 479c/kg cwt.

One score ewe mutton made from $49 to $82/head.

The next sale will be held in Wagga today.