Wagga sheep and lamb market, May 21 2020

TAKING THE BIDS: A file image from the Wagga sheep and lamb market.

TAKING THE BIDS: A file image from the Wagga sheep and lamb market.

A TOTAL of 30,000 sheep and lambs went under the hammer at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre on Thursday.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service numbers were marginally lower.

Quality was very good with only a limited number of light weight lambs.

Heavy and extra lambs made up much of the yarding, with only limited supplies of genuine trade types.

Lighter weight young lambs were supported mostly by restockers.

Mutton numbers increased, and price strengthened slightly.

Price results for trade lambs strengthened with major domestic processors dominating the bidding.

The best of the heavy trade lambs, 22- 24kg, sold $5 to $10/head dearer averaging 850c to 900c/kg cwt. Light weight lambs to the processors sold from $118 to $170/head.

Light weight lambs back to the paddock sold to cheaper trends making from $154 to $176/head.

Heavy lambs met stronger competition from domestic and export processors. Buyers preferring to bid strongly for shorn lambs which resulted in a dearer trend of up to $10.

The bulk made from $210 to $225/head. Extra heavy lambs were keenly sought and prices were unchanged making from $220 to $298/head to average 742c/kg cwt.

It was a mixed quality yarding of mutton, with a good supply of heavy sheep throughout the offering. Competition from buyers was solid for heavy ewes. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up to $280/head to average 672c/kg cwt.

Heavy Merino ewes made from $178 to $240/head, averaging from 653c to 677c/kg cwt. Heavy wethers recorded a top price of $270/head averaging 718c/kg cwt. Trade sheep sold from $135 to $172/head, to average from 650c to 701c/kg cwt.