Heavyweight lambs firm at yarding
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.