THE Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated Agent held its fortnightly sale, with a good yarding of 4803 head – up 1600 on the last sale.
The market consisted of 3229 lambs, 1140 ewes, 62 hoggets, 25 rams, and 347 wethers.
With a couple of buyers absent the market opened to a cheaper trend, of up $12 but as the market progressed it was not quite as bad especially for the fresh shorn 20 to 23kg CW trade lambs, being $3 to $5 cheaper.
The quality of the yarding was very good, with trade weight lambs the highlight. Mutton where in good numbers with some heavier mutton available.
Store lambs were limited with a few pens going to the feedlots and restockers, although the processor were once again active in the lighter lambs, making up to $120.
Top price for lambs went to regular supplier JD & MM Chapman of Harden, with a quality pen of shorn XB Lambs making $160. These lambs, with an estimated carcase weight of 26.5kg and a skin value of $8 came back at $5.65kg CW.
Most prices were in the range of $5.60 to $6 for the heavier lambs while the fresh shorn trade lambs were still making $6.40 to a high of $6.80kg CW, with a leading processor active on these lambs.
OTHER QUOTES: XB New Season Lambs: 24 to 27 KG CW made from $150 to $160. 20 to 24 KG CW made from $145 to $155. 18 to 20 KG CW made from $135 to $145. 16 to 18 KG CW made from $115 to $125. 14 to 16 KG CW made from $80 to $115.
The top price mutton went to a pen of heavy Merino wethers making $ 136. Lighter mutton made between $75 to $85 per head with boner mutton making between $30 to $50. Most mutton ranged between $3.90 to $4.30kg CW.
Limited hoggets sold to a top of $ 130 to be $15 of the pace
Cootamundra Sale Yards and Associated Agents’ next sale is Wednesday, February 21 at 8.30am. Please book early with your preferred agent.