Katan­ning sale re­port

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK -

Num­bers were up for a to­tal yard­ing of 25,783 mixed-qual­ity sheep at Katan­ning sa­le­yards last week.

Most cat­e­gories lifted again, with prices only eas­ing on the lesser qual­ity stock of­fered. Ex­tra heavy lambs topped the mar­ket at $170/head. Store cross­bred lambs in­creased in price due to strong de­mand.

Young ewes were down on qual­ity from the pre­vi­ous week, sell­ing to a top of $119/head for the best.

Mut­ton values lifted with the best heavy mut­ton sell­ing for $137/head.

Light lambs sold to re­stock­ers for $20 to $80/head, de­pend­ing on size, while air­freight weights sold for $63 to $112/head for the lighter weights and up to $120/head for the heav­ier weights. Light trade-weight lambs sold for $119 to $130/head and heav­ier trade weights for $148/head. Heavy lambs sold for $148 to $162/head and ex­tra heavy lambs to $170/head.

Young Merino ewes sold for $55/ head, paid for lightweights, and up to $119/head for the heav­i­est to pro­ces­sors, to av­er­age $92/head. Good qual­ity heavy mut­ton over 24kg cwt sold for $90 to $137/head, in­clud­ing skins, to av­er­age 406c/kg cwt. Medium weights sold for $75 to $106/head.

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