A MUCH smaller yarding of sheep came forward on Thursday for the last sale of the year, with the next weekly sheep sale at Hamilton on of January 9, 2014.
Quality was mixed and covered all weights, with extra heavy 4 and 5 score ewes again making up a good percentage of the offering. Most the regular processing orders were represented, along with some local agent inquiry for ewes. Prices overall averaged $10/head cheaper, despite the reduced numbers. Accordingly, dressed weight costs were back to range between 165c to 240c for a 195c/kg cwt average.
The light weight 1 score ewes sold from $26 to $45, with longer wool Merino ewes to $53 and poor quality light weights from $12/head. Medium weight 2 and 3 score sheep made from $40 to $55, while heavy and extra heavy 3 to 5 scores were from $50 to $70, with the extra heavy wethers topping the market at $85.50/head.
Rams continue to sell to limited inquiry and were mainly from $7 to $9, with lighter weight Merinos at $19 and restockers paying from $20 to $22/head.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, December 21. 2013