Prices remain firm on lambs at saleyards
A total of 13,786 sheep were yarded at Katanning saleyards last week, with lambs making up most of that figure.
Heavy lambs ranging from 2526kg cwt sold for $156-$159/head, to average 584¢/kg cwt.
Trade-weight lambs sold for $120-$140/head, with prices remaining firm, while lambs suitable for airfreight sold for $97-$127/head.
Store lightweight wether lambs sold for $5-$70/head, paid for the very light, and $60-$115/ head, paid for the better framed lambs with a fleece.
Store crossbred lambs sold to feeders and processors for $73$112/head, including skins, and extremely poor-quality drafts sold for $10-$77/head.
The quality of black tag ewes present was mixed, with the best drafts selling for $91-$109/head.
Light plain ewes sold for $35$85/head.
Processors bought heavy ram lambs for $140/head, while medium and lightweight ram lambs sold for $55-$100/head to feeder buyer and processors.
Mutton prices eased slightly on the previous sale.
Heavyweight ewes over 24kg cwt sold for $97-$133/head, including skins, to return 372¢ to 412¢/kg cwt.
Light store boning ewes down to 14kg cwt sold for $40-$108/head with a three-inch skin.
Medium-weight ewes in the 1822kg cwt category sold for $86$107/head, including skins.
A small yarding of wethers remained firm in price, with the best lines selling for $100-$117/ head to processors.
Most of the light and mediumweight wethers were purchased by processors and some graziers for $65-$100/head.
Mature rams sold to processors for $30-$80/head and young heavy rams and lighter rams sold for $30 to $80/head, depending on age and frame.