FLOOD waters in northern Victoria and southern NSW are playing havoc with livestock markets.
Agents in the affected areas say it could be another three weeks before market supplies return to normal.
On Monday, Wagga Wagga's cattle market in NSW was cancelled, although agents were hopeful that tomorrow's lamb sale will go ahead.
Last Thursday Wagga Wagga yarded 25,000 lambs, which sold to slightly dearer rates.
Landmark Wagga Wagga livestock manager Peter Cabot said yesterday it was too early estimate this week's lamb yarding. Mr Cabot said much will depend on whether producers could yard and truck.
"The (Murrumbidgee) river is still rising and so we don't know the full impact," he said.
Mr Cabot said areas to the east of Wagga Wagga and around Lockhart were the worst affected.
Forbes cancelled its sheep market last week and its cattle market on Monday yarded only 100 head.
But in Victoria, Bendigo's lamb market was a lifeline for many flood-affected producers from as far away as Finley, in NSW.
"If they could get them on the truck, they were sending them," said Graeme Miller of Elders Bendigo.
"We were getting calls right up until Sunday night from farmers wanting to sell on Monday," he said.
Mr Miller said the other impact of the floods would be a massive disruption to shearings.
Bendigo's Monday lamb yarding of 15,000 was up 4600 on the previous week.
But with the larger yarding prices slipped by $5-$10.
On the positive side the supply of ewes and wethers was down at Bendigo as producers in non-affected flood areas were opting to hold their stock.
"You could definitely say we are having a very early autumn break," Mr Miller said.
Ian Maddison of the Lockington agency Maddison Livestock said it was too early to gauge the full impact of the floods.
"Those producers who have some dry land will be holding their stock," he said.
Mr Maddison said much would depend on how long the floodwater stayed around.
Shepparton's yarding yesterday of 1380 cattle was up on last week, but saleyard manager Jock Hicks said most of the cattle were from the south and east of Shepparton rather than flood-affected properties.
Up to 270 dairy cattle will be sold by Dairy Livestock Services at Shepparton tomorrow.
The sale was cancelled due to the rain last Friday.