VENDORS sold 8635 sheep and lambs at the Corowa market on Monday.
More than 3000 new-season lambs were on offer.
The quality was very good across both old and new lambs. Almost a full field of buyers were in attendance operating in a mixed market trend with new season lambs, despite excellent quality, softening $5 to $8/head. Trade weight new season lambs were well presented. Light and medium weights were in light supply selling between $150 and $160/head. Domestic processors all operated on the heavy trade lambs, 22 to 24kg, selling from $158 to $167/head averaging 695c/kg cwt.
Heavy lambs were making from $163 to $170 and over 26kg export types reached up to $178/head. Old lambs between 18 and 26kg eased $4 to $5/head with one domestic operator holding back, easing the competition. Lambs between 18 and 22kg sold from $148 to $160 and lambs, 22 to 26kg made up to $167/head. Lambs over 26kg were $5 to $6 dearer selling up to $206/head, making 515c/kg cwt. Merino lambs regained some lost ground lifting $5 to $6, selling from $124 to $172/head. Mutton numbers were small and the quality was mixed. Heavy cross bred ewes making up to $169 and heavy merinos reached $165/head. Medium sheep sold from $145 to $155/head.