Corowa sheep and lamb market, May 18 2020

TAKING THE BIDS: Auctioneer Peter Ellis BUR with Michael Unthank selling sheep at Corowa on Monday. Picture: Supplied

TAKING THE BIDS: Auctioneer Peter Ellis BUR with Michael Unthank selling sheep at Corowa on Monday. Picture: Supplied

A TOTAL of 12,178 sheep and lambs went under the hammer at the Corowa market on Monday.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service agents penned almost 3000 additional sheep this week and lamb numbers were similar, however, the yarding was a little plainer as producers sell off the last of their lamb numbers this season.

Most of the usual buying group were present, domestic processors were steadier with trade lambs easing and export processors were all participating and prices lifted $4 to $5/head for lambs over 24kg.

Trade lambs settled with all weights easing $2 to $4 and the odd pen up to $10/head.

Light and medium trade sold from $156 to $201 and heavy trade, 22 to 24kg made from $185 to $213/head averaging from 850c to 900c/kg cwt.

Heavy lambs going to domestic and export processors were $4 to $5 dearer, selling from $203 to $214/head, averaging 780c/kg cwt.

Export lambs weighing 26 to 30kg sold from $214 to $231 and limited pens of over 30kg lambs sold from $239 andto $264/head.

Light lambs were shared between processors and restockers, with processors paying from $114 to $153/head.

Restockers took the secondary lambs paying from $108 to $171/head.

Mutton sold in a firm market and the quality was mixed. Heavy cross bred ewes sold from $222 to $271 and heavy merinos reached up to $235/head.

Trade sheep sold from $150 to $180 and light sheep made from $80 to $160/head.