While prime lamb judge Joe Browne acknowledged the quality of the prime lamb on display at the Tenterfield Show, as a buyer of lamb for the domestic butcher trade he was concerned at the size of the animals on offer.
“They’re too big for the butcher trade,” he said.
“The cuts they end up in are too big and too expensive.
He said such export market-sized animals have a place, but that breeders should not be ignoring the domestic market.
“Producers will have to have a look at getting back to trade-weight lambs,” he said, although he conceded the attraction in producing heavier animals considering the high per-kilo prices being secured in current markets.