MORE than 12,000 sheep and lambs were yarded at Ouyen on Thursday, with prices rising $15 to $20 from the previous fortnight.
Strong competition from the buying gallery for the 10,202 lambs and 1834 mutton pushed prices to new heights, with a saleyard record of $352 achieved by MG Lynch, Morkalla, Vic, for 184 lambs.
Export crossbred lambs sold between $224 and the sale high of $352, equating to between $8.50 a kilogram and $9.70/kg.
Trade lambs made $167-$250 or $8.80-$10.50/kg, while store lambs sold between $10-$12.50/kg.
Other vendors selling crossbred lambs at the top end of the market included SA vendor Wegna Brothers, Karoonda, with 46 at $344, ALB Farms, Tempy, Vic, with 76 at $343, Andy Beelitz F/T, Parrakie, just a dollar behind with 44 at $342 and Hulland Holdings, Patchewollock, with 85 at $338.
In addition to the record-breakers, MG Lynch sold a further 100 lambs at $336, while R&G Schutz, Karoonda, made $333 for 32, N&B Charles, Bambill, received $330 for 52, as did G Vine, Ouyen, for 34.
Light Merino lambs returned $161-$200 or $9-$9.80/kg, while heavy Merinos made $220-$268 or $8.60-$9.20/kg.
D&J Dutschke, Karoonda, sold 112 Merino lambs at $262, while M&R Fitzgerald, Werrimull, made $252 for 139, and M&M Farms, Carwarp, Vic, had 137 at $246.
In the mutton, prices ranged between $140-$190 or $6.50-$7.40/kg for the lighter types, while heavies made $220-$250 or $6.50-$7.60/kg.
Prizabilla, Lameroo, was among the top mutton sellers, with 78 at $246.
M Pitt, Mildura, sold 15 at $246, while Gilbee, Balranald, Vic, had 93 at $244 and Tamaleuca, Kulwin, Vic, recieved $240 for 52.
The next sale will be held on Thursday, March 5.
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