Wagga sheep and lamb market, January 21 2021

LOOKING BACK: A file image from Wagga sheep and lamb sale.

LOOKING BACK: A file image from Wagga sheep and lamb sale.

A TOTAL of 45,550 sheep and lambs went under the hammer at the Wagga market on Thursday.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service lamb supplies lifted moderately.

The quality of the yarding was fair to very good most of the better finished lambs grain assisted.

Heavy lamb supplies increased, with more lambs weighing above 30kg carcase weight.

Shorn trade lambs were well supplied, and buyers were still keen to pay a premium for the top pens. There were a few less restocking orders which impacted on prices.

A smaller group of buyers were in attendance and not all exporter companies operated fully. A single domestic processor set the pace of the trade sale, with other buyers not willing to chase the market.

Well-shaped 3 score 21 to 24kg shorn lambs softened $3/head to average 849c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs were unchanged to $5 cheaper selling from $141 to $186/head.

There was a very mixed selection of lambs to suit restockers. The general run of lambs carrying some weight and frame sold from $140 to $168/head.

The usual group of export buyers were at the rail however, not all companies operated fully. Lambs 24 to 26kg benefited from some domestic competition selling from $200 to $218/head.

Lambs weighing 26 to 30kg sold to erratic competition making from $216 to $237/head to average 791c/kg cwt.

The highlight of the sale was shorn lambs weighing more than 30kg cwt. These lambs sold from $229 to $274/head. It was a mixed yarding of sheep and not all buyers operated.

Heavy ewes sold to weak demand from most buyers. Heavy crossbred ewes sold up $225/head to average 507c/kg cwt.

Heavy Merino wethers sold from $178 to $220/head. Trade sheep sold to patchy demand at times to average 537c/kg cwt.