UPDATE: MEAT processors dominated the top end at today's sale of about 35,000 Merino wethers and crossbred lambs at Deniliquin.
A relatively small crowd braved the stifling heat, which peaked at more than the forecast maximum of 38C just an hour into the sale, and gusty west-southwesterly wind.
Crossbred 2012-drop lambs made $18.50-$77.50, 2012-drop woolly Merino lambs sold at $24-$59, shorn 2012-drop Merino lambs fetched $20-$76.50 and 2011-drop Merino wethers sold to $66.
An unnamed Bendigo buyer paid the day's top price of $77.50 for a pen of 161 Dorset-Merino cross, May-June 2012-drop, October shorn lambs from Moratai, of Deniliquin.
RH Woodward and Sons, of Swan Hill, paid $76.50 for 555 March-April 2012-drop Alma blood Merino wether lambs from Daisy Plains, at Booligal.
Wagstaff, of Cranbourne, paid $66 for 219 June-July 2011-drop, Yanco blood, December shorn, wethers from S Barnes, of Grassmere.
At the same sale last year, woolly 1.5-year-old wethers topped at $148 and woolly wether lambs sold to $117.
Buyers came from Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Echuca, Kilmore, Naracoorte, Stawell, Swan Hill, Wagga Wagga, Wycheproof and Yarrawonga.