A TOTAL of 41,000 sheep and lambs went under the hammer at the Wagga market on Thursday.
Heavy young lambs over 26kg cwt were in greater supply and demand strengthened by $10/head.
Lighter weight young lambs were well supported by restockers, lot feeders and processors.
Trade lambs throughout experienced dearer price trends due in part to strong supermarket competition. The best of the heavy trade lambs, 22-24kg were $9/head dearer to average 858c/kg cwt.
Light-weight lambs to the processors made from $96 to $147/head. Light weight lambs back to the paddock made from $90 to $146, while lambs with weight to feed on sold up to $243/head.
Despite not all processors operating, prices lifted $8 to $18/head.
Heavy and extra heavy lambs sold to stronger competition, with all buyers trying to complete a specific American order which closes next week.
The bulk of the lambs sold from $220 to $318/head. It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton.
Competition from buyers was extreme at times with all processors wanting sheep prior to the rain event predicted this weekend. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $261/head to average 644c/kg cwt.
Heavy Merino ewes made from $150 to $223/head averaging 685c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers sold at $182 to $210/head. Trade and light sheep made from $96 to $200/head, with trade mutton averaging 631c/kg cwt.