Australian lamb record broken for second time this week

Australian lamb record broken at Wagga Wagga


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Lamb prices climbed to a new record high at Wagga Wagga.

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EXCEPTIONAL: These lambs offered by Goulburn, NSW, vendors were sold with Peter Cabot, Landmark Wagga Wagga, NSW, at the rail for a new Australian record of $354.20. Photo by Ned Balharrie.

EXCEPTIONAL: These lambs offered by Goulburn, NSW, vendors were sold with Peter Cabot, Landmark Wagga Wagga, NSW, at the rail for a new Australian record of $354.20. Photo by Ned Balharrie.

THE prime lamb record has been broken for the second time in one week after a pen of extremely heavy lambs made $354.20 a head at Wagga Wagga, NSW, on Thursday morning.

The price was received for a pen of second-cross Poll Dorset lambs, weighing in at 95-100 kilograms liveweight and possibly as much as 48kg dressed.

The lambs were offered by Goulburn, NSW, vendor Joe Mooney purchased by Fletcher International of Dubbo, NSW.

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Landmark Wagga livestock agent and auctioneer Peter Cabot was at the rail and took the bids.

Mr Cabot has been at the rail before when records were set.

He said while the market keeps rising for these stand-out export pens, it was difficult to predict how high prices might go.

He said the market was similar in price to last week.

He confirmed few people in the industry would have seen lambs that big before.

There was the odd joke bandied around that the lambs were more like woolly cows.

Mr Cabot didn't like to say how soon, or if, another record will be broken.

The results on Thursday followed from the record at Corowa, NSW, on Monday for Walla Walla, NSW, vendors the Mickan Brothers.

The Mickan Brothers offered White Suffolk lambs, estimated to weigh 48kg dressed, to make $340.

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