SOUTH Australian lamb prices are set to rise with a number of producers having already sold-off stock because of ongoing dry conditions.
Southern Australian Livestock general manager Bruce Redpath is fairly bullish about the prospects for lamb prices this season.
"We've got heavy lambs $10-$12 dearer than they were a week ago because they're hard to find due to the dry conditions," he said.
"I think the lamb job will be very good right throughout the season but there will be a lot of lighter lambs.
"There's been no rain on the lucerne crops to fatten lambs so heavy lamb numbers will be right back."
Elders Naracoorte livestock manager Tom Dennis said the ability of producers to finish lambs was an issue.
"There's a lot of lighter lambs being slaughtered at the moment that would have typically been going back to the paddock and stored," he said.
"Restocker activity in the South East is fairly limited.
"Unless you've got bean stubble, a feedlot or irrigation, you can't finish lambs."
Mr Dennis said lamb supply would tighten.
"Lambs numbers are really falling now, we're probably 30 per cent ahead of where we'd normally be numbers-wise," he said.
"Everyone is fairly positive about the price prospects, it's just having the system to finish the lambs that's the problem."