A TOTAL of 16,900 sheep and lambs sold at the Griffith market on Friday.
Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service indicated that numbers lifted at this sale with lambs showing the most increase.
Quality was fair with good numbers of grain or crop assisted finished lambs available.
The usual buyers were present and competing in a cheaper market. There was 10,000 new season lambs penned and most were fresh and well finished.
There was a good selection of trade and heavy weights penned but prices eased $8 to $10/head.
Trade weights to 22kg sold from $139 to $158/head. Heavy weights to 26kg ranged in price from $154 to $169 with the extra heavy weights reaching $175/head.
Carcase prices averaged from 622c to 660c/kg cwt. Old trade weight lambs eased $10 and sold from $138 to $149/head. Heavy weights to 26kg received from $154 to $164/head.
Extra heavy weight export lambs held firm to sell from $163 to $193/head. Carcase prices averaged from 546c to 620c/kg cwt.
Mutton numbers remained steady and quality was fair. Merino ewes sold from $127 to $168/head. Dorper ewes received from $135 to $162/head. Merino wethers reached $168/head.