Ewes sell to a top of $146 at yarding
Numbers were down for a total yarding of 5560 head of mostly good-quality sheep at Katanning.
All prime lines were keenly sought with all buyers in attendance. The yarding was again dominated by ewes selling to a top of $146/head for score 4 large-framed Merino ewes with a full fleece.
A pen of extra heavy old-season lambs topped the market at $170/head.
New-season lambs sold for $80 for lightweight lambs and up to $159/head for the heavyweights. Lightweight old-season lambs sold from $40 to $94/ head. Lambs suitable for airfreight made from $95 to $120/head. Trade-weight lambs were up $5 selling from $130 to $155/head.
Heavy lambs made from $155 to $160 and extraheavy lambs made $170/head. Feeder buyers and restockers paid from $35 to $56/head for light store lambs. Young black tag ewes made $45 for the very light and plain ewes and up to $146/head for heavyweight ewes with a full fleece.
Medium and trade ewes sold for $70 for very light ewes up to $114/head for Merinos with a full fleece.
Heavy mutton was up returning about 400¢/kg selling from $100 to $146/head with a full fleece. Store ewes were up by $4 to $9 selling for $41 for very light ewes and up to $115/head with a full fleece.
Wethers remained firm this week and sold to processors from $80 to $134/head. Restocker and feeder buyers paid $55 to $101/head for the store lines. There were no live export sales this week.
Ram lambs sold from $40 to $118 while the older rams sold to processors for $15 to $120/head for young heavy types.