Naracoorte sees decrease in sheep and lamb supply

SHEEP and lamb supply decreased for the last sale of the year at Naracoorte on December 17.

The next sale will be on January 7. The usual processors operated, along with 3 or 4 restockers but prices were cheaper.

Quality was plain to good, though most lambs were dry and the sheep offering included mostly medium to heavy weights, with many over-conditioned ewes penned.

Restockers paid similar prices for lambs but trade lambs sold $3 to $4 easier and heavy weights made $7 to $13/head less.

Sheep sold $2 to $3/head either side of last week's prices. The percentage of shorn lambs was higher and less longer wool sheep were penned this week.

Light weight 2 score lambs sold from $52 to $68, while restockers paid from $45 to $80/head.

Light weight 2 and 3 score trade lambs made from $76 to $80, with restockers from $65 to $83/head. The 3 and 4 score medium and heavy trade weight lambs sold from $80 to $96/head and averaged 370c/kg cwt.

Heavy 4 score lambs averaged 375c/kg cwt and made $93 to $113, with a pen of extra heavy weights at $118/head.

Light weight 1 score sheep were scarce and sold from $24 to $34, while medium weight 2 and 3 scores were between $38 and $56, with heavy to extra heavy 3 to 5 scores from $45 to $69/head.

A restocker paid $81/head for a pen of extra heavy weight ewes.

A run of 2 to 4 score sheep sold to processors at an estimated average of 185c/kg cwt. Most heavy weight rams sold between $7 and $17/head.

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