VENDORS sold 29,532 sheep and lambs at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange market on Wednesday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia's national livestock reporting service lamb numbers were steady and the quality is becoming plainer with more light and drier lambs coming in.
Light lambs were well supplied and trade weights were in reasonable numbers. Heavy lambs were in limited numbers. The market sold to a cheaper trend. New season lambs to restockers and feed were $15 cheaper selling from $72 to $140/head.
Heavy dry lambs returning to the paddock reached $160/head. Trade lambs 18-22kg were $4 cheaper making from $132 to $169/head or 715c to 730c/kg cwt on average. 22-24kg lambs sold from $160 to $178/head and heavy and extra heavy lambs were $10 to $12 softer, selling from $170 to $210/head.
Merino lambs sold from $123 to $148 and heavy old lambs reached $184/head. Mutton numbers lifted and the quality was mixed. Prices were dearer on the lighter sheep and firm to $6/head cheaper on the heavy weights after the smaller lots were sold.
Medium weight ewes sold from $104 to $174/head. Heavy crossbreds made from $152 to $189/head. Merino ewes reached $170/head. Most averaged from 530c to 590c/kg cwt.