Katan­ning sale re­port

Great Southern Herald - - News -

Num­bers were up for a to­tal yard­ing of 14,683 head of mixed qual­ity sheep at Katan­ning this week.

Heavy lambs eased $4 with pro­ces­sors pay­ing the top price of $145, while feed­ers paid up to $140/head for good-qual­ity lambs.

Light­weight lambs saw val­ues in­crease from last week with more in­ter­est from feeder buy­ers.

A big yard­ing of mut­ton saw val­ues ease $5 and up to $18/ head for ewes with no fleece value.

Re­stock­ers paid up to $142 young ewes, while pro­ces­sors paid $125/head for heavy ewes with a 150mm fleece.

New sea­son light lambs sold dearer mak­ing from $64 to $105, while the very light un­der 12kg cwt lambs eased in price to make from $31 to $78/head.

Heav­ier lambs were dearer with air­freight weights mak­ing from $95 to $118/head. Trade weights sold from $125 to $139 and heavy lambs reached $145/head.

Old sea­son trade weight lambs sold from $115 to $120, while lambs suitable for air­freight made from $95 to $112/ head in­clud­ing skins. Light­weight cross­bred lambs to pro­ces­sors sold from $47 to $100 to av­er­age $70/head.

Good qual­ity heavy mut­ton over 24kg cwt sold from $70 to $125/head in­clud­ing skins to av­er­age 358¢/kg cwt.

Medium-weight ewes with a full fleece in the 18-23kg cwt cat­e­gory made from $50 to $118/head.

Light store bon­ing ewes down to 14kg cwt made from $40 to $50, while heav­ier bon­ers with a 150mm fleece sold from $75 to $118/head.

Wethers sold mainly to proc­for es­sors for $60 for lightweights un­der 18kg cwt and from $85 to $120 for the heav­ier wethers, while re­stock­ers paid from $45 to $125/head de­pend­ing on weight and fleece value.

Ma­ture rams sold from $10 to $83 to av­er­age $38, while the younger ram lambs sold to feeder and re­stocker buy­ers for $55 to $105/head de­pend­ing on weight and qual­ity.

Num­bers were up in Mt Barker for a to­tal yard­ing of 789 head of mixed qual­ity cat­tle last Thurs­day.

The of­fer­ing was mainly com­prised of store cat­tle.

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