The entry of sheep in Dowra Mart on Friday last was reflective of the trend in all sales in recent weeks, with ewe hoggets dominating.
Manager Terry McGovern said some producers who had purchased ewe lambs to give an option of holding them for longer were now showing sheep.
He said the high prices of €160 to €170 recorded in recent weeks for hoggets is also attracting out producers who purchased ewe lambs with no intention of selling them this spring with some now selling a portion of hoggets on hand.
Prices were very much influenced by quality and flesh cover. Well-fleshed hoggets weighing from 50kg to 56kg sold from €157 to €166, with some comparable weight lots lacking flesh selling back to €150 or under.
Likewise, hoggets weighing 46kg to 48kg sold in a wide price range from €130 to €148.
Lighter lots weighing 40kg to 42kg sold from €115 to €120 for hoggets presented with no feeding to €130 to €135 for tight-woolled lots with a good cover of flesh.
In-lamb ewes met an improved trade, with third- and fourth-crop ewes carrying twin lambs and in good condition selling from €190 to €210, while single lamb lots sold from €150 to €160.
Cull ewe entries have reduced significantly, as expected for the time of year.
Fleshed ewes weighing 70kg to 80kg sold from €110 to €122, while heavier ewes sold to a top of €136 for ewes weighing 95kg.