Easter break increases Wagga sale numbers

NUMBERS INCREASE: Numbers rose by 10,000 at the Wagga sale last week before a two-week break for Easter and Anzac Day. Picture: Les Smith
NUMBERS INCREASE: Numbers rose by 10,000 at the Wagga sale last week before a two-week break for Easter and Anzac Day. Picture: Les Smith

Numbers climbed owing to the Easter holiday break this week and no sale the following Thursday due to the Anzac public holiday.

The total yarding of 47,000 increased by 10,000 from the previous week.

The yarding consisted of 34,000 lambs (6000 more than last week) and 13,000 sheep (4000 more than last week).

It was a good quality yarding of trade and heavy lambs with 21 buyers lined up at the rail, all wanting a market share.

Restocker activity was minimal while feedlot buyers dominated purchasing lambs weighing up to 26kg cwt.

Light weight MKL bag lambs sold to fluctuating price trends with most of the competition driven by feedlot demand.

Domestic buyer demand ramped up, with major domestic processors dictating prices for the shorter skinned well shaped lambs, 22kg to 24kg.

Prices were up to $5 dearer with the bulk of the heavy trade lambs, 22kg to 24kg, making from $160 to $182/head.

Light and medium trade weights averaged 713c to 732c/kg cwt.

Store lambs were in reasonable supply however restockers were unable to match feedlot competition.

Shorn lambs suitable to feed on commanded premiums, selling at $135 to $177/head.

Competition for heavy and extra heavy lambs remained steady.

Generally heavy lambs, 24kg to 26kg, were unchanged to a few dollars dearer making from $175 to $189/head.

The bulk of the extra heavy lambs held firm to $1 dearer making from $186 to $244/head, to average 670c/kg cwt.

It was a mixed yarding of mutton, with all weights and grades represented.

The market sold to erratic bidding throughout the sale.

Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $33 cheaper making from $130 to $196/head, to average 519c/kg cwt.

Heavy wethers were limited selling from $145 to $200/head.

Trade sheep were well supplied selling at $90 to $135/head, averaging 474c to 516c/kg cwt.

There will be no sales on April 18 or 25.