WHILE not all regular buyers were in attendance or operating fully at the Ouyen Livestock Exchange in Vic on Thursday last week, most categories were firm or up to $8 dearer.
The yarding of 10,893 included 9250 lambs and 1643 mutton.
Export crossbred lambs made $210 to $285 - or $7.80 a kilogram to $8.10/kg - with DL&JF Dutschke, Karoonda, making the $285 top price for 24, and DJ&JM Goldsmith, Yarrara, Vic, matching that result with 123 lambs.
Also selling at the top end were T Grant, Manangatang, Vic, with 94 crossbred lambs at $278, D&J Jonasson, Cowangie, Vic, with 42 at the same price, and G&R Vine, Ouyen, with 49 at $275.
M Pohlner, Kiamal, Vic, sold 124 crossbred lambs for $272 - a price matched by MG Lynch, Morkalla, Vic, with 54 lambs.
A&N Hulland, Patchewollock, Vic, sold 29 at $262, while SA vendor Wegner Brothers, Karoonda, sold 64 for $261. K&J Grayling, Torrita, Vic, had 43 make $258, and Kulwin Ag, Kulwin, Vic, sold 96 at $253.
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Trade crossbred lambs made $150-$224 or $8-$8.60/kg and store lambs were $8.20-$9.60/kg.
JW&TC O'Day, Merrinee, sold the top price Dorper lambs, with 124 at $234, while G&S Cullinan, Pooncarie, NSW, had 37 at $215, R Harris, Mungo, NSW, sold 61 at $214, and MGN Gibbins, Galah, Vic, sold 29 for $212.
Light Merino lambs returned $107-$164 or $7.80-$8.50/kg, while heavyweights were $205-$277 or $7.80-$8.10/kg. Wegner Brothers had 54 at $277, DL&JF Dutschke, Karoonda, sold 147 for $276, PD&LM Symonds, Loxton, sold 18 at $270, and J Hahnel Nominees, Timberoo, Vic, sold 20 at $257.
Mutton prices ranged from $106-$160 for lighter pens, with heavy mutton making $170-$246.
LJ & RC Plant, Manangatang, sold 22 mutton at $246, Beelitz Family Trust, Parrakie, sold 90 at $192, and T Yard, Murrayville, Vic, had 29 make $192.
The next sale will be held on Thursday, March 4.
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