Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated agents held their fortnightly sale on Wednesday with a yarding of 4238 head.
The market was made up of 2519 lambs, 1424 ewes, 163 hoggets, 56 sheep & 76 rams.
With the usual 12 buyers operating, the quality of the trade lambs was very good.
Featuring a few more pens of heavy lambs, the market for lambs was quoted by agents as up to $5 dearer, which was quality driven.
The mutton market was of very high standard and sold to a firm to slightly higher rate than the previous fortnight.
Top price of the day went to Lindsay & Lea Ricketts of Gundagai Rd, with an outstanding pen of XB lambs making $190.
With an estimated CW of 29kg and carrying a $8 skin, they came back at $6.30/kg CW and were knocked down to Fletchers International on a single bid.
– 24 to 26kg CW Lambs made between $170 to $180 to be up $5.
– 22 to 24kg CW trade lambs made between $165 to $175, to be $5 dearer.
– 20 to 23kg CW trade lambs made between $145 to $165 to be $7 better.
– 16 to 20kg CW lambs made between $90 & $125.00 to be $3 back.
The processors purchased most, with some sold to the re-stocker between $110 to $126.
Most of the above lambs were on the $6.40 to $6.80 mark, equalling and in cases bettering other regional markets.
The mutton market was once again extremely strong.
Heavy old ewes with a big jacket reaching a top of $184 or approximately $4.90/kg CW.
Medium framed ewes made between $135 to $145 and reaching $5/kg CW.
Light boner mutton made from $75 to $80.
All mutton averaged $124 per head & and sold between $4.40 & $5.10/kg CW.
A good run of hoggets made to a top of $180.20, to average $129.
There was a good line up of rams and they were keenly sought after, selling to a top of $161 to average $110.
Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated Agents next sale will be held on the 31th of May, commencing at 8.30 AM.