Demand for Merino lambs

TAKING THE BIDS: Action from the Griffith sheep and lamb market. Picture: ALPA
TAKING THE BIDS: Action from the Griffith sheep and lamb market. Picture: ALPA

Lambs to 24kg cwt were $5 to $6 cheaper and sold from $166 to $192/head.

Graeme Richard

VENDORS yarded and sold 7800 sheep and lambs at the Griffith market on Friday.

According to Graeme Richard of Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service lamb numbers eased and the quality of the heavy lambs was very good and attributed to most of the yarding. Trade weights were mixed with some dry and lacking finish.

There also was a good run of heavy Merino lambs. Lambs to 24kg cwt were $5 to $6 cheaper and sold from $166 to $192/head averaging 760c to 770c/kg cwt.

Heavy lambs were $5 to $6 dearer with the 24 to 26kg lambs selling from $191 to $210 and the heavier lambs to 30kg cwt making from $210 to $237/head.

The lambs weighing more than 30kg were back $7, reaching a top of $280/head to average 730c/kg cwt. Heavy Merino lambs were $4 dearer selling from $210 to $238/head. Very heavy hoggets reached a top of $266/head.

Mutton numbers lifted and the quality was mixed. Prices eased $2 to $4/head. Heavy Merinos selling from $174 to $230 and crossbred ewes sold from $190 to $264/head.