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Mon­day, Septem­ber 24 There was an in­flux of nearly 28 000 lambs and 20 000 sheep as the sea­son de­te­ri­o­rates quickly across the re­gion. It was the big­gest one-day prime mar­ket Bendigo has held in nearly a decade.

Qual­ity was mixed, with drier-skinned young lambs un­der 20 kg cwt mak­ing up the bulk of the of­fer­ing. All the reg­u­lar buy­ers at­tended but de­mand was no­tice­ably weaker, with some buy­ers not op­er­at­ing or only pur­chas­ing lim­ited num­bers.

Prices were $10 to $20 cheaper across most weights and grades, with some pens show­ing cor­rec­tions of up to $30/head on a week ago.

The sup­ply of qual­ity heavy young lambs was lim­ited but this couldn’t pre­vent price falls and it took a very good lamb weigh­ing over 24 kg cwt to make above $200/head.

The sale reached a top of $221 for a small pen-lot of ex­tra-heavy new-sea­son lambs es­ti­mated at 28 kg cwt.

The main run of trade-weight young lambs, 22-24 kg cwt, sold from $163 to $197 to av­er­age be­tween $180 and $185/head. The next size down, 20-22 kg cwt, made from $139 to $172 to av­er­age around $150 to $155/head.

The best young lambs were es­ti­mated at 740¢ to 760¢ cwt, with plainer types drift­ing down to 700¢/kg in an er­ratic sale.

Light­weight lambs weigh­ing less than 20 kg cwt all trended below 700¢ to be re­turn­ing es­ti­mated av­er­ages of 640¢ to 680¢c/kg to both pro­ces­sors and re­stock­ers.

There was store buyer ac­tiv­ity from Tas­ma­nia, Bal­larat, Shep­par­ton, Yar­ra­wonga and the Bendigo area, with de­cent-sized lambs to the pad­dock cost­ing $100 to $128/head.

Spe­cial­ist Bal­larat fin­ish­ers paid to $151 for store lambs with a lot more size and weight.

The small­est and im­ma­ture young lambs to re­stock­ers sold from $31 to $86 to av­er­age $65/head.

The line-up of old-sea­son lambs was very plain as fi­nal drafts are sold, and there were some sharp price cor­rec­tions.

All weights and grades of mut­ton were rep­re­sented as the dry sea­son forces sheep to be culled. Prices fell by $10 to $20/head and more in places dur­ing an er­ratic mar­ket.

There was a no­tice­able price dif­fer­ence be­tween bet­ter qual­ity sheep with weight and rea­son­able fat cover com­pared to very plain and drought-af­fected ewes, which were dis­counted.

Early in the mar­ket there were still some sales of good Merino mut­ton above 500¢ cwt, be­fore the mar­ket lost mo­men­tum to record av­er­ages of 420¢ to 460¢/kg over the main runs of trade and heavy sheep.

Very poor and light­weight sheep ranged from an es­ti­mated 250¢ to 370¢/kg cwt.

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