A TOTAL of 22,433 sheep and lamb sold at the SELX market.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service lamb numbers fell and there were 14,400 new-season lambs offered.
The quality was good with a large number of lambs still with some freshness. Trade and heavy lambs were well supplied and the were several large drafts of light store lambs. The market sold to a stronger trend.
Light store lambs were up to $17 dearer and sold from $139 to $170/head.
Medium and heavy trade weights were fully firm on the fresher lambs but slipped $3 to $4 on those lambs that were drier and sold from $146 to $176/head. Heavy lambs were $5 to $7 dearer selling from $165 to $206/head. Extra heavy lambs made from $195 to $250/head.
Australian White ewe lambs to a restocking order sold to a top of $360/head. Merino lambs were dearer with a large run of trade weights selling from $160 to $178/head.
Mutton numbers eased by $7 to $10/head and the quality was plainer. Medium weight ewes made from $118 to $177/head. sold from $198 to $235/head and Merino wethers reached a top of $240/head.