VENDORS sold 34,316 sheep and lambs at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange market.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service lamb numbers were steady and the quality was mixed.
There were plenty of light store lambs and a few good trade weights but good heavy lambs were limited. Most of the new season lambs were dry in the skin, and the few that were not, received a premium. Shorn lambs lifted in numbers, but there still remain in short supply. The market was cheaper on most.
New season restocking lambs sold $80 to $118 and eased $12/head on plainer lambs. Trade weights were back $3 to $7 selling from $130 to $154/head averaging around 650c with the well-presented lambs up to 700c/kg. Heavy lambs sold from $153 to $170 with an excellent pen of extra heavy lambs reaching $216/head to average 725c/kg.
The better end of the shorn trade lambs sold from $137 to $154 averaging 680c and heavy weights reached $177/head. Merino hoggets were well supplied and eased $5 with the heavier trade weights $93 to $120/head.
Mutton numbers lifted and the quality was fair. There were plenty of light and medium weights penned. Prices eased $4 to $6 on the lighter sheep and lifted up to $2 to $3/head on the heavier and better covered lines. Light 1 score sheep sold from $30 to $72/head. Medium weight ewes ranged from $78 to $118/head. Heavy crossbreds sold from $110 to $157 and Merinos with a skin reached $148/head. Merino wethers sold to $114/head bare shorn.
Carcase prices averaged 410c to 440c/kg cwt.