Corowa Market held on Monday, April 9 with 9,598 lambs yarded a decrease of 2,140 from previous market, 3074 sheep yarded a decrease of 53.
Lamb numbers eased below 10,000 head (2140 less) as selling resumed after the Easter holidays.
Quality overall was plainer, although there were still some very good pens of supplementary lambs on offer.
Demand was weaker, with a couple of regular processors not operating while others appeared only willing to purchase at lower prices.
One agency did pass-in about 500 of their lead run of heavy lambs due to limited interest, with other auctioneers passing in a few pens throughout the market.
However the sale did improve late in the day for heavy lambs in an erratic result.
The heavier slaughter lambs were $6 to $15/head cheaper compared to a fortnight ago.
Lighter weight crossbred lambs were also cheaper although they hold their value better than the heavier pens.
Export lambs sold to a top of $215 for a pen estimated around 34kg cwt, and it was one of just six sales above $200/head for extra heavy lambs weighing 30kg and above.
Pens of heavy trade weight lambs over 24kg cwt mostly sold from $152 to $160/head.
The medium trade weight lambs in the 22-24kg category ranged from $136 to $153 to average $146/head.
On a carcase basis a range of 570c to 600c/kg covered most export and domestic sales.
Restockers stepped into the market for plain conditioned lambs with frame-size, which helped support prices for lighter weight pens.
Merino lambs received some of the most severe discounting of the market, with lack of fat cover an issue at times.
Bidding for sheep eased down from the very high levels of recent weeks, although the good lines of mutton still made above 420c/kg cwt.
Heavy crossbred ewes sold to $150 and merinos to $144/head.
Corowa Top Results
85 G & D Wenke Culcairn $215
122 RJ Lubke Alma Park $206
23 G & L McLellan Rand $200
32 Hermiston Ag Conargo $191
80 M & D I’Anson Burrumbuttock $190
40 B & AK Gray Mulwala $186
10 GJ & KD Davis Berrigan $175
63 Burden Nom Violet Town $171
47 AD Taylor Family Brimin $165
116 GL Pritchard Indigo Valley $158
24 J & H Fuge Rutherglen $158
39 Triangle Park Daysdale $151
48 G & L McLellan Rand $146
36 DG & HT Lieschke Walla Walla $138
12 RJ & SA Humphries Bungeet $134
228 Joana Past Oaklands $108
27 P Mathews Omeo $152
64 D & J Underwood Coreen $150
41 GL Pritchard Indigo Valley $150
49 JL & BJ Williams Norong $144
26 JG & RM Maconochie Wymah $144
50 Preswon Pty Ltd Benalla $140
25 Savernake Past Co Savernake $150
56 AD Christie Henty$ 144
151 LW Drew & Son Brocklesby $141.60
146 D & JL Trevethan Howlong $139.20
22w L K Mathews Rand $138
135 Hogan & Scott Daysdale $136
15 JG & RM Maconochie Wymah $135
60 Pentown Chesney Vale $100