Cootamundra sheep and lamb sale, August 5 2020

MEET THE MARKET: A file image of auctioneer Cole Harris and Andrew Adams of Delta Livestock and Property last year at the Cootamundra saleyards. Picture: Kelly Manwaring
MEET THE MARKET: A file image of auctioneer Cole Harris and Andrew Adams of Delta Livestock and Property last year at the Cootamundra saleyards. Picture: Kelly Manwaring

VENDORS sold 1710 sheep and lambs at the Cootamundra market on Wednesday.

Numbers lifted according to the draw and included 810 new season lambs.

The National Livestock Reporting Service indicated that the quality of the new season lambs was good and most were trade lambs. Old lamb quality was more mixed.

Not all the usual buyers operated in a cheaper market.

New-season lambs were $15 to $20 easier and sold from $160 to $168/head for lambs that ranged in weight from 20kg to 26kg cwt.

Most averaged 660c to 720c/kg cwt. Old lambs eased $14 on the trade weights and sold from $136 to $142/head.

Heavy lambs made from $148 to $164/head and averaged 580c to 660c/kg cwt. The best of the Merino lambs reached $156/head.

Mutton numbers were limited and the prices were back $10 to $15/head. Crossbred ewes sold from $115 to $146 and heavy Merino wethers reached $152/head.