MURRAY BRIDGE LAMBS
Crossbred lambs to $270
Prices reached $270 at Murray Bridge's first prime and store lamb market of the season on Monday - $115 up on last year's opening sale - with strong interest from restockers and processors.
The first sale of the season - scheduled for August 9 - was cancelled due to the slow growth of lambs, meaning buyer demand was elevated at Monday's market.
Nutrien Ag Solutions Murray Bridge's Kevin Keller said the market was very strong, in line with the present high demand for lambs, and a large number of buyers were in attendance.
"We were quietly confident to have a strong sale but it was better than expected," he said.
"Mostly all the processors were represented, the top two thirds ... the rest (were) restockers but they were both competing against each other."
Elders Murray Bridge's Scott Eichler said he was extremely happy with the support from the processors.
"Store lambs were very much sort after which was pleasing," he said.
The sale reached its peak of $270 for 53 crossbred lambs from Inglebrae, Callington, going to Thomas Foods International.
A pen of 76 crossbred lambs from RD Thiele, Monarto South, sold for $244 to Australian Lamb Company, while RM&TE Hein, Murray Bridge, sold 68 crossbred lambs also at $244.
CA Paech & K Molnar, Tepko, sold 83 crossbred lambs at $241, and also had 85 crossbred lambs sold at $200.
RN&LA Bald & Sons,Murray Bridge, made $240 for a pen of 96 crossbred lambs, and also had 261 at $218.
PJ&MS Carling, Parrakie, had 75 crossbred lambs at $230.
KD,ED,JC&MV Harvey, Woodchester offered 71 crossbred lambs, which made $227.
A pen of 15 crossbred lambs offered by JG Richards & Sons, Brinkley, reached $214.
DR&YE Webster, Mannum, sold 90 crossbred lambs at $212.
The next Murray Bridge market will be held on Monday, September 6.
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