VENDORS sold 8050 sheep and lambs at the Griffith market on Friday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service numbers nearly halved at this sale.
Lamb quality was very mixed and reduced from the previous sales. There was a larger percentage of plainer drier lambs penned, along with the few better finished pens.
Some of the usual buyers were absent, with those present competing in a cheaper market.
There was 2100 new season lambs penned and prices eased $15 to $20, with trade weights making from $140 to $165/head. Old lambs were also $15 to $20 cheaper, with light lambs receiving from $120 to $136/head. Trade weights made from $140 to $174, with the few heavy weights averaging $175/head.
Carcase prices averaged 730c/kg cwt.
Mutton quality was also very mixed and prices followed a similar cheaper trend. Merino ewes sold from $91 to $150/head. Crossbreds received from $92 to $135 and Dorper ewes made from $75 to $96/head.