Griffith sheep and lamb market, October 22 2021

TAKING THE BIDS: A file image from the Griffith sheep and lamb sale.
TAKING THE BIDS: A file image from the Griffith sheep and lamb sale.

VENDORS sold 13,650 sheep and lambs at the Griffith market on Friday.

Meat and Livestock Australia market reporter, Graeme Richard said numbers lifted and quality slipped as more lambs dry off.

There were plenty of light Merino lambs and good numbers of trade and heavy weight crossbreds, while extra heavy lambs still remain limited.

There was a larger percentage of shorn new season lambs entering the market. Price trends were firm to cheaper with the fresher lambs holding on the best.

Store Merino lambs sold from $46 to $150/head.

Trade crossbred lambs to 24kg cwt sold from $189 to $225/head and averaged 885c cwt with the better end around 920c/kg.

The 24 to 26kg lambs sold from $232 to $255 or 890c/kg, and heavy weights returned from $255 to $278/head. Shorn trade weights sold from $195 to $245/head.

Old heavy lambs and shorn lambs made from $255 to $275 with extra heavy weights making from $260 to $295/head. Merino hoggets lost $5 and ranged from $187 to $242/head.

Mutton numbers increased and quality was good with the bulk of the sheep heavy weights.

Prices were $9 to $14 dearer, with heavy crossbred ewes making from $195 to $214/head. Merinos ranged from $195 to $234/head and most of the heavy mutton averaged 580c/kg cwt.