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Drought flocks hit saleyards

By Geoff Adams

Good prices are holding for heavy lambs in good condition, but a flood of poorer quality sheep and lambs is bringing down the prices at the lower end of the market.

Bendigo’s yarding last week was up by 4000 head with lambs making up 21th000 of the yarding.

They included 8000 dorset-Merino and White Suffolok-merino lambs offered by six properties from the Hay and Deniliquin areas.

Better lambs sold to $255.

In Shepparton on Friday, good quality lambs sold up to $230.

At Wagga, lambs from 26 to 30kg sold from $236 to $274, averaging 845c/kg. Strong competition for lambs weighing above 30kg  pushed the price up by $6, setting a new Australian record of $301/head.