NUMBERS decreased with vendors sell 26,800 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday.
The usual group of buyers attended, however not all major domestic or export processors operated fully.
Trade lambs were in shorter supply and quality varied particularly across the full fleeced lamb categories. The bulk of new season trade lambs made from $141 to $186/head, averaging from 701c to 738c/kg cwt. Shorn heavy and extra heavy lambs ignited the bidding, with premium prices paid throughout the sale.
Shorn heavy lambs sold from $186 to $203, while the extra heavy lambs gained $15/head to average 785c/kg cwt. Overnight rain contributed to increased restocker activity. Light lambs to turnout sold from $83 to $131/head. Lambs with frame and weight to feed on sold from $126 to $141/head. It was a mixed quality offering of mutton, with all weights and grades represented.
Heavy crossbred ewes recorded a top price of $177/head, to average 476c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino ewes were keenly sought by northern processors, making from $140 to $159/head. Merino wethers were a feature of the sale, with several processors enthusiastically competing for a market share.
The strong demand from processors lifted prices by $16/head. Heavy wethers sold from $159 to $174/head to average 542c/kg cwt. Trade sheep gained $5, making from $80 to $125/head. Ewes returning to the paddock made from $85 to $92/head. Light weight plain mutton sold from $63 to $82/head.