There was a slight increase in both lamb and sheep supply at Tuesday’s sale in Deniliquin, with 2752 lambs and 796 sheep yarded.
Overall, numbers remained low in another mixed winter yarding with 3548 yarded in total.
Quality varied from a few pens of good quality lambs off grain, to some larger lines of plain Merinos.
Not all the usual buyers attended, and those that did follow the market were selective with their bidding.
Prices did trend a few dollars easier than a fortnight ago, with the light weight lambs under 20kg carcase weight impacted by limited processor activity for MK slaughter types.
Heavy lambs sold to a top of $170, and less than 10 pens sold above $150.
The bulk of the lambs were domestic weights which sold from $110 to $135, depending on size and breed quality.
In carcase terms nearly all of the yarding tracked below 580c, with prices for the plainest small Merinos discounted below 500c/kg.
Local restockers did purchase some lambs from $60 to $80.
The mutton sale was also cheaper, with extra heavy crossbred and Dorper ewes the most affected.
Lambs – ANC Bradford, $170 & $162; Paul Gibbs, $170 & $164; B Moore, $158.60; Mookara P’ship, $158; D & A Liphuyzen, $158.
Hoggets – P C Crossley & Co, $146; ANC Bradford, $146; M Clarke, $140.20.
Ewes – Steve Fawns, $134; Pisasale Pastoral, $134; J & A McCallum, $118; East Tolans, $114.
~ Details provided by Meat and Livestock Australia and Geoff McCallum of Elders Deniliquin, on behalf of the Deniliquin Associated Agents.