VENDORS sold 25,766 sheep and lambs at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange market.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia lamb numbers eased and included 13,500 new-season lambs.
The quality was plain to fair with the majority of the lambs new season store lambs.
Trade weights were limited and heavy weights were in short supply. Merino lambs were back in volume and there were only a few shorn lambs offered. Additionally, the market was dearer.
New season lambs to restock sold from $96 to $122/head. Heavier weights to feed reached $143/head. Medium and heavy trade weights were $6 to $10 dearer receiving from $131 to $164/head. Heavy lambs lifted $9 making from $166 to $185/head. Carcass prices averaged from 680c to 710c/kg cwt.
Merino lambs sold to $103/head for light weights. Old lambs reached $175/head for heavy weights. Hoggets sold to $150/head.
Mutton numbers eased and the quality was good. Light sheep sold slightly cheaper on average, while the better covered medium weights lifted $10, with heavy weights making $10 to $20/head more. Medium weight ewes sold from $81 to $130/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $121 to $153 and Merino ewes made to $158/head. Carcass prices averaged from 445c to 460c/kg cwt.