Heavy­weight lambs firm at yard­ing

Great Southern Herald - - News -

Numbers al­most dou­bled for a to­tal yard­ing of 28,107 mixed-qual­ity sheep at Katan­ning.

The yard­ing was dom­i­nated by lambs, which re­mained firm on the heavy­weights but store lamb prices eased slightly with the vol­ume.

The top pen of ex­tra heavy lambs reached $152/head. Store mut­ton prices eased $7/head.

The heavy­weights gained with a pen of Merino ewes with a three­inch fleece sell­ing for $135/head to top the cat­e­gory.

Light­weight lambs made from $65 to $105/head. Air­freight lambs sold from $77 to $100/head, tradeweight lambs $120 to $135/head and heavy­weights to $152/head.

Store lambs made from $15/head for plain lambs to $138/head for heavy good-framed lambs to feed­lot buy­ers. Lambs suit­able for live ex­port sold from $87 to $131/head.

Young black tag ewes re­mained firm on qual­ity sell­ing to butch­ers from $42 to $121/head.

Ram lambs to slaugh­ter made up to $150/head. Ram lambs to feeder buy­ers made from $65/head for small plain types to $129/head for the heav­ier lambs.

Light­weight mut­ton and bon­ers sold from $22 to $79/head with a two-inch fleece. Trade mut­ton made from $68 to $106/head with a fleece, while heavy mut­ton gained $6/head sell­ing from $92 to $135/ head for heavy ewes with a fleece.

A good yard­ing of wethers saw val­ues firm from $50/head for small plain types to $92/head to re­stocker and feeder buy­ers.

Wethers suit­able for live ex­port made from $85 to $136/head.

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