Ouyen feeders have lambs tucked away

Ouyen feeders have lambs tucked away


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Ouyen grain feeders have lambs tucked away for the winter.

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An increase in numbers on Thursday saw prices remain firm at Ouyen.

Offering a modest early autumn penning of 6244 lambs and 518 mutton, heavy crossbred lambs suiting the export buyers made $159-$194 a head to realise an estimated 550-600 cents a kilogram.

Trade weight lambs made $120-$164 to average 600-650c/kg, while store and light lambs made $65-$124 as most fetched an estimated 620-680c/kg.

A selection of Merino lambs was also met with firm inquiry.

Light Merino lambs made $62.50-$119, while heavy Merino lambs made $127-$138.

BR&C Agents Ouyen representative Rory Singleton said supply numbers in the state's far north-west were vaguely similar to other years.

Mr Singleton said a number of the district's grain feeders still have lambs tucked away for the winter although numbers bought in were possibly about one-third less compared simply because the way the season panned out over summer.

He said district ewe numbers would be also down slightly as some producers opted not to replace ewes culled for age.

He said this had seen more scanning conducted than usual.

Scanning results, he said, were mostly at the 80 per cent level, with most of the scanned empty ewes re-mated for a later lamb rather than culling.

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