Tasmanian lambs sell to slightly flat trend

Lambs sold at easier rates in Tassie

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SAME AGAIN: Photographed at last year's Tamar Valley-Tasmanian Midlands Circuit, were Scott Francombe, Elders, vendor Ed Archer, Guy Marshall, and Ian Richards, Richards Livestock, Tasmania, and they were again the major buyers this year.

SAME AGAIN: Photographed at last year's Tamar Valley-Tasmanian Midlands Circuit, were Scott Francombe, Elders, vendor Ed Archer, Guy Marshall, and Ian Richards, Richards Livestock, Tasmania, and they were again the major buyers this year.

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Concerns about the processing sector saw prices ease at the annual Tasmanian circuit sale on Friday.

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A good selection of store lambs at the annual Tasmanian circuit sheep sale with buyer support mainly from repeat buyers.

Lambs headed to local buyers as well as a major buyer from Bendigo on the mainland.

Greenhythe Pastoral, Hillwood, offered 1767 composite lambs, Cashmore and Oaklea bloodlines, August/September 2021 drop (mostly wether lambs), unshorn.

Richards Livestock principal Ian Richards said the main buyer was a repeat buyer, GF & DM Marshall, Sheffield, Tasmania, who bought 970 lambs.

There was strong support from an Elders Bendigo account that bought 682 lambs.

Mr Richards said the market was back on the 2021 sale with the Greenhythe draft averaging $111.

He said there was some nervousness among the industry given the situation in staffing in the processing sector.

Elders senior livestock agent, Greg Harris, said the sale was generally "back about $20 on last year on average for similar type lambs".

"it's just the whole turmoil with abattoirs and its gone a bit flat," he said.

There was all the normal local buyers along with around 2800 going to the mainland."

Mr Harris said the lambs were similar to the previous year with some a bit better.

Top of the draft of Poll Dorset/Romney/Border Leicester second cross lambs sold account Effingham Pty Ltd, was $180 for 114.

Next best for Effingham was a pen of 219 sold at $165.

The tops of Effingham's Romney/Border Leicester Merino cross lambs was $152.

Tops of the Weymouth Pastoral lambs was $178 for a pen of 70.

The lambs were White Suffolk/Border-Merino second-cross lambs September/October drop, unshorn.

Next best was a pen of 231 that made $164.

The best of the Border/Leicester/Merino ewes, account Weedington, made $385 for 230 August/September 2020 drop, October shorn.

Kuranda sold a line of 115 Corriedale ewes, July/August 2020 drop, July shorn, that made $310.

Leamington Pastoral received $290 for 285 White Suffolk/Corriedale ewes, July 2021 drop, November shorn.

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