Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated agents held there fortnightly sale on Wednesday with a yarding of 3156 head. After 30 to 50 mm of rain,around the district over the last couple of days, this yarding was back nearly 2000 from the previous sale
The market was made up of, 2542 lambs, 535 Ewes, 43 Hoggets, 25 Rams, 11 Old Sheep.
Once again the trade lambs presented were of excellent quality.
With all regular buyers present, they operated in a market that was quoted by agents as $5 to $8.00 better for lambs with the mutton market also $ 4 to $ 8.00 better. This is a very pleasing result and is well in line with other larger regional saleyards, with the vendors getting well and truly rewarded for producing quality stock.
Top price of the day went to Fred & Ken Clark of Wallenbean with a quality pen of XB lambs making $166.20. With an estimated CW of 24 KG and carrying a $8.00 coat , they came back at $6.60 / KG CW and were knocked down to Woolworths after spirited bidding.
22 to 24 KG CW trade lambs made between $145 to $166.20 up $7.00
20 to 23 KG CW trade lambs made between $130.00 to $145.00 a gain of $5.00
16 to 20 KG CW lambs a bit off in the skin made between $85 & $115.00 to be $5 dearer, with the processors again outbidding the restockers.
Most of the above lambs were on the $6.10 to $6.60 mark CW.
With limited numbers of mutton coming forward the market was slightly dearer. Most prices were $6 to $8.00 up from the last sale.
Heavy old ewes with a big jacket reaching a top of $149.00 or approximately $4.40 / KG CW. Medium framed ewes made between $100.00 to $120.00. Light boner mutton made from $50 to $70.00.
Most mutton averaged between $4.10 & $4.50 / KG CW
Limited Hoggets made to a top of $130.00 , to average $91.00 to be back $8.00, this was quality related. Rams continue to be sort after & made to a top of $110.00 to average $84.00.
Cootamundra Saleyards & Associated Agents next sale will be held on the 5th of April, commencing at 8.30 AM. Please book with your preferred agent early.