QUALITY improved when vendors offered 16,976 sheep and lambs at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange market.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service restockers and feeders paid from $125 to $157/head. The 2-score processing lambs were $2 dearer, making from $108 to $145/head. Medium and heavy trade weights to 24kg were firm to $2 dearer, making from $145 to $188/head, averaging from 750c to 780c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs were $5 to $6 cheaper, receiving from $183 to $239/head or from 710c to 730c/kg cwt. Light Merino lambs sold from $72 to $128 and hoggets reached 210/head.
Mutton numbers were steady and quality improved.