Katanning Sale report
Numbers were up at Katanning saleyards last week, for a total yarding of 19,330 mixed-quality sheep. All prime lines were keenly sought after, with all buyers in operation.
The yarding was again dominated by ewes, selling to a top of $121/head for score three largeframed Merino ewes with a three-inch fleece.
A pen of heavy ram lambs topped the market at $240/head in a competitive sale to restockers.
Lightweight lamb prices were up, with these types selling for $65 to $107/head.
Lambs suitable for airfreight sold for $72 to $121/head, while trade-weight lambs sold for $124 to $138/head.
Wether lambs sold to live export for $90 to $110/head and feeder buyers paid $30 to $87/ head for store lambs.
Young black tag ewes gained on quality and sold for $51 to $113/ head, paid for heavyweight ewes with a two-inch fleece. Store ewes sold for $40 to $99/head.
Mutton prices remained firm across most categories, with light ewes selling for $50/head.
Medium and trade ewe prices eased, with these types selling from $62 to $78/head, paid for those with a three-inch fleece.
Heavy mutton sold for $81 to $121/head, paid for those with a three-inch fleece. Store ewes from $30/head for lightweights and up to $87/head for those with a three-inch fleece.
Wethers sold to processors for $90 to $116/head.
Restocker and feeder buyers paid $45 to $108/head for those carrying a two-inch fleece and live export wethers sold for $79 to $120/head.
Ram lambs sold to live export for $80 to $90/head, processors paid $38 to $117/head and restocker and feeder buyers paid from $38/head for lightweights to $240/head.
Slaughter rams sold for $5 to $75/head. Rams sold to live export for $70 to $105/head.