Cootamundra sheep and lamb market, June 24 2020

AT THE MARKET: A file image from the Cootamundra sheep and lamb sale.
AT THE MARKET: A file image from the Cootamundra sheep and lamb sale.

A TOTAL of 2440 sheep and lambs went under the hammer at the Cootamundra market on June 24.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service lamb numbers halved and the quality was good with mainly medium and heavy trades penned.

There were a few heavy lambs and store lambs were in very short supply.

The market sold to a cheaper trend than two weeks ago. The limited numbers of store lambs sold to $145/head. Medium and heavy trade weights were up to $20 cheaper and made from $176 to $200/head and averaged around 840c/kg cwt.

The few heavy weights sold from $190 to $220/head. Merino ewe hoggets sold to a restocking order and reached $214/head.

Mutton numbers lifted and ewes were best supplied. The market eased $10/head with weaker competition. Medium weight crossbred ewes $176 to $196 and heavy weights reached $210/head.

Merino ewes topped at $218/head.