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Keen buyers for Sheep Market

WARRACKNABEAL agents yarded a slightly smaller yarding than the previous fortnight, consisting of 2800 lambs and 350 sheep.

The quality of the yarding was again excellent, with all weights and grades represented.

There was a stronger gallery of buyers in attendance this sale, and strong bidding indicated processors were keen to gain supply.

One major supermarket that helped carry the sale a fortnight ago did not attend this market, however prices lifted $25-$40 per head across all weights.

Heavy export lambs supplementary fed on grain estimated at 34-36kg dressed, topped the sale at $291. Most of the export lambs ranged from $250-$284 per head.

Trade lambs in the 18-20kg weights were in short supply, with the better 22-26kg lambs making from $190-$235 hitting the $9 per kilo mark at times.

Sheep also gained $30-$40 per head with two major processors battling it out on the small yarding.

Heavy cross bred ewes topped at $253, with most good to heavy sheep resulting in returns over $200 per head. Medium to light sheep ranged from $155-$190 and rams lifted slightly, making to a top of $59.