THE Cootamundra Saleyards and Associated Agents yarded 4157 sheep and lambs at it fortnightly sale.
This was an increase of about 1450 on the previous sale. The very good quality of stock yarded continued.
The market consisted of 2941 lambs, 966 ewes, 83 hoggets, 135 mutton sheep and 32 rams.
The very solid trend of last sale continued, with heavy lambs slightly cheaper on earlier sales but picking up to be firm towards the end.
Trade lambs (19 to 24kg CW) price was up to $5 better, on the extreme prices of the previous sale.
There was a good line up of buyers on the rail, and all very were keen to fill orders.
Once again, there was some feedlot activity, although the processor mainly out bid them.
Top lamb price, for the day went to Jack Cameron of Dirnaseer, with an outstanding pen of heavy weigh XB Lambs making $217.
With an estimated CW of 31kg and wearing a $5 coat, they came back at $7kg CW and went to Fletchers International.
Most 3 to 4 score trade lambs in the 19 to 24kg CW is where the increase continues, and these lambs made between $8.50 to $8.80kg CW and some sales up to $9.20kg CW.
The light trade weight bag lambs (14 to 18kgCW) were up to $9kg CW.
Most of the heavier lambs 26kg plus were in the $6.80 to $7.20 bracket to be solid on last sale.
The mutton market, was once again strong although the weight of the previous sale was not present.
Peter and Kay Keene from Ariah Park, regular vendors sent in heavy XB ewes that made $223, which topped the sale.
With an estimated CW of 38kg and a $6 coat they came back at $5.70kg CW and also went to Fletchers International.
Most mutton ranged in the $5.80 to $6.30kg CW.
The hogget market remains very strong with a top price of $213. The average price per head sold was $174, which was similar to last sale.
- Next sale is on Wednesday, May 29 at 8.30am.