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Wagga Throughput Falls 21 Per Cent, Friday

29 August 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - High quality new season lambs and good supplies of old lambs were reported at Wagga saleyard this week.

Lamb consignments at Wagga fell 21 per cent week-on-week, to 28,800 head, and despite the full turnout of buyers, not all were operating fully, reports Meat and Livestock Australia.

The quality of new season lambs was excellent, although lighter trade weights sold to weaker demand and extra heavy weight lines were limited.

Old lambs were well supplied, although quality was much plainer overall, with increased numbers of longer-wool lambs carrying dry skins.

New season 3 score trade weight lines were 84¢ cheaper on 431¢, while heavy weight 3 score lambs lost 63¢ and averaged 444¢/kg cwt.

Old light weight 2 score lambs to restockers averaged 422¢, and 3 score trade weight Merino lambs fell 94¢ on 314¢/kg cwt. Heavy weight 3 score lambs were back 78¢ on 399¢, while heavy weight 4 score lambs declined 60¢ and averaged 385¢/kg cwt.

Sheep throughput at Wagga eased 11 per cent, to 8,500 head, and quality across the yarding was excellent, with heavy weight ewes making up the majority of the offering.

There were limited numbers of heavy weight wethers penned. Heavy weight 3 score Merino ewes slipped 28¢ and averaged 319¢/kg cwt.

At the close of Thursday’s markets, the eastern states restocker lamb indicator was 1¢ higher on 507¢/kg cwt. Merino lambs lost 12¢ on 385¢, while light lambs were back 6¢ on 419¢/kg cwt. Trade lambs fell 13¢ on 455¢, and heavy lambs were 15¢ cheaper on 457¢/kg cwt. The mutton indicator eased 3¢ and finished on 333¢/kg cwt.

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