It was a smaller and very mixed yarding of lambs at Deniliquin saleyards on Tuesday, as final drafts came through before the centre shifts its focus to shorn lambs.
While most of the regular buyers operated, quality did have an impact on price results.
The best slaughter lambs sold at similar levels to a fortnight ago, however the general yarding sold at prices $5 to $7 per head easier.
Young lambs with weight and good carcase finish were limited, with one standout pen of exports selling to a top of $181.
The next best price was $168 and there were only 10 pens above $150, showing how quality quickly declined.
Most of the medium domestic lambs made from $130 to $143.
Light lambs under 18kg mainly sold to processors at $94 to $116, with local restockers just purchasing odd pens in a subdued showing.
The highlight of the sale was mutton as prices lifted to the higher carcase levels of recent sales.
The majority of the heavy ewes sold from $106 to $128, with some big Merinos in a good skin topping at $150.
Lambs – L Whyborn, $181; H Wills, $170; A Brain $168; Booroola P/ship, $168.
Ewes/Wethers – JS Dudley, $150.20; North Coree, $149.60; Elsbury & Co, $146 and $139.60; M Wallace Trust, $135.60.
~ Details provided by Meat and Livestock Australia and Elders Deniliquin, on behalf of the Deniliquin Associated Agents.