Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated agents held their fortnightly sale on Wednesday with a yarding of 4328 head.
This was a decrease of approximately 1500 head from the previous sale.
The market was made up of 2851 lambs, 961 ewes, 474 hoggets, and 41 rams.
With most usual buyers operating, competition was strong for the heavy trade lambs while some lighter lambs were $4 to $5 cheaper although this was mainly quality related.
The mutton market was of mixed quality with some very good pens of XB ewes presented along with lighter boner mutton and sold to a strong fully firm market.
Top price went to Jack Cameron "Kiora North " Temora with BLM principal Lach Bassingthwaighte with a top pen of lambs that made $182.
With an estimated CW of 27.5kg and carrying a $7 skin, they came back at $6.40/kg CW and were knocked down to Gathercole Processors VIC on a single bid.
- 24 to 26KG CW Lambs made between $170 to $178, to be fully firm
- 22 to 24 KG CW trade lambs made between $165 to $170, to be $2 cheaper
- 20 to 23 KG CW trade lambs made between $145.00 to $150.00 to be $5.00 of the pace
- 16 to 20 KG CW lambs made between $90 & $130.00 to be $3 down
Once again the processors purchased most, with only a few lots sold to the re-stocker and they made between $110 to $130.
Most of the above lambs were on the $6.50 to $6.80 mark/kg CW which is fully in line and better in some cases, with other regional markets.
The Mutton Market was once again extremely strong, to be fully firm & slightly dearer in a few cases, on the previous sale.
Heavy old ewes with a big jacket reaching a top of $170 or approximately $5.30/kg CW. Medium framed ewes made between $130 to $140 and reaching $5.20/kg CW.
Light boner mutton made from $75 to $85.
All mutton averaged $127 per head & and sold between $4.80 & $5.20/kg CW.
Hoggets were keenly sought after and made to a top of $160.60, to average $127 to be $10-12 cheaper, although this again was quality related.
Rams sold to a top of $130 to average $118.
Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated Agents next sale will be held on the 28th, commencing at 8.30 AM.