Griffith sheep and lamb sale, August 7 2020

FROM THE CATWALK: A file image from the Griffith sheep and lamb market.
FROM THE CATWALK: A file image from the Griffith sheep and lamb market.

VENDORS offered and sold 12,470 sheep and lambs at the Griffith market on Friday.

With rain in the drawing area numbers eased this sale though quality remains fair and similar to the previous sale.

The National Livestock Reporting Service quoted that there were good numbers of well finished grain assisted pens on offer with heavy and extra heavyweights making up the majority of the yarding.

The usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market. There was 5400 new season lambs penned and quality was good with most fresh and well finished.

Trade and heavy weights eased $10 to $15 with 18 to 22kg lambs making from $154 to $173/head. Heavy lambs sold from $168 to $174/head to average 664c to 712c/kg cwt.

Old lambs were also $10 to $15/head cheaper. Trade weights to 22kg sold from $146 to $159/head.

Heavy lambs to 26kg received from $158 to $173 with those over 26kg selling from $170 to $195/head. Carcase prices averaged from 594c to 670c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers were limited and quality was very mixed. Merino ewes sold from $137 to $166 with crossbreds making $166 and Dorper ewes reaching $146/head.