Prices for good quality lambs picked up by $15-$20 a head at the sheep and lamb market at the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange on Wednesday, a leading Hamilton stock agent says.
Michael Kerr of Kerr & Co Livestock said while the top price of $218 a head was slightly below that of the $222 top paid last week, average prices for good lambs weighing between 22-25 kilograms were much better this week than last week.
“There were a lot of light lambs last week. It was a lot better quality yarding this week,” Mr Kerr said.
He said prices also picked up because the supply at other lamb markets in Victoria and interstate had eased off. Dry conditions had earlier prompted a lift in lamb supply at those markets.
About 11,500 lambs and about 4000 sheep were yarded at Hamilton on Wednesday as more spring lambs came on to the market.