Numbers down at weekly sheep sale

fell with lambs showing the decrease at the Central West Livestock Exchange on Tuesday.

Lamb quality was fair with some handy lines of finished lambs available.

Most of the usual buyers were present and competing in a dearer market. Restockers were active on the lighter lambs and paid from $158 to $193/head.

Trade weight lambs were $3 to $4 better particularly on the better shapes with prices ranging from $162 to $202/head.

Heavy lambs to 26kgs sold from $194 to $229/head.

Export heavy lambs were $6 to $8 dearer to range in price form $226 to $278/head. Carcase prices averaged from 786c to 870c/kg cwt.

Mutton numbers were very limited and quality was mixed.

Prices continue to be strong with Merino ewes selling from $137 to $229 and crossbred ewes reached $220/head.

Lambs made up 9500 of the total 10900 yarding.

The yarding was down 1127 on the previous week with 1541 fewer lambs. There were 414 fewer sheep with 1400 sheep yarded.