Despite a measly 32,000 bales on offer, nearly 13 per cent were passed in.
NUMBERS jumped from the expected yarding of 1650 to about 2700 at Friday's Mount Gambier store sale.
Sheep prices at SA saleyards have "skyrocketed" in the past few weeks, after processor competition for limited lamb and mutton supply helped push buyers to their bidding limits.
Heavier steers suitable for processors and feedlotting were in demand by buyers at Strathalbyn's cattle market on Friday last week, with steer prices topping at $1000.
With a big rain event forecast and a shortage of heavy sheep to fill Chinese orders, mutton sales kicked into another gear this week.
The lamb market is continuing to climb towards the high winter peaks the industry has been predicting.