Quality lambs command top dollar

Vendor Mick Heinjus of "Spring Hill", Junee pictured with grandson Riley Dobson, 7. Mr Heinjus sold 143 lambs for $170 at the Wagga sheep sale. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

Vendor Mick Heinjus of "Spring Hill", Junee pictured with grandson Riley Dobson, 7. Mr Heinjus sold 143 lambs for $170 at the Wagga sheep sale. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

Vendor Mick Heinjus of “Spring Hill”, Junee sold 132 White Suffolk cross lambs for $170 at the Wagga market.

The lambs were estimated to weigh 28 to 30 kilograms dressed weight.

Mr Heinjus said he was pleased with the result.

A total of 40,000 sheep and lambs went under the hammer and it was a larger offering than the previous week.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia market reporter, Leann Dax light lambs were in reasonable numbers and increased processors activity helped cement a floor in prices.

“Most of the store orders were local with some competition from lot feeders on the better finished lambs,” she said.

Market highlights: New season trade lambs were in short supply and sold to stronger prices trends over all categories.

Well finished medium and heavy trade lambs were $5-$8 dearer. The better finished lambs made from $92-$142/head to average 531c/kg cwt. Shorn heavy trade lambs sold to stronger competition, with prices lifting $10 -$12/head.

Heavy shorn trade lambs averaged $142/head or 550 -560c/kg cwt. Light trade lambs sold at $93 -$126/head.

Well-bred second cross lambs made from $59-$92/head. Heavy and extra heavy lambs were well supplied and all buyers were eager to capture a market share.

Heavy lambs lifted $12/head selling from $144- $160/head.

There was more weight in the extra heavy offering this week, with numerous pens exceeding 30kg cwt. Prices continued to build as the market progressed, hitting a top price of $199.

Extra heavy lamb regularly made from $170 -$190/head. The mutton market sold to stronger demand for heavy Merino ewes, with prices generally $13/head dearer.

The dearer trend was caused by limited numbers of heavy sheep. Trade sheep sold from $54-82/head to average 285c/kg cwt.

Heavy ewes made from $90-$108/head, averaging 290c-307c/kg cwt. Sheep returning to the paddock sold from $30-$89/head.

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