Merino wethers top sale
A total of 16,833 mixed-quality sheep were yarded at Katanning last week, a rise of more than 3000 from the previous sale.
Restockers were keen to source shorn store lambs, store ewes and wethers, bidding strongly on most of these lines.
Heavy merino wethers with a fleece topped the market at $149/head. Young wethers sold for a top of $141/head to processors.
Heavy lambs sold for a top price of $146/head and ram lambs sold to $129/head.
The best heavy mutton with a fleece sold for $130/head. Restockers paid $126/head for the best young ewes offered.
Light lambs sold for $79 to $100/head to processors. Airfreight weights sold for $100 to $122/head.
Trade weights sold for $120 to $138/head to processors and feeder buyers and heavy lambs sold to $146/head. Wether lambs sold to live export for $75 to $118/head.
Young merino ewes sold for $47/head, paid for lightweights, and up to $126/head to restockers.
Good-quality heavy mutton over 24kg cwt sold for $90 to $130/head, including skins, to average 384¢/kg cwt.
Medium-weight ewes (18-23kg cwt) sold for $70 to $105/head to processors and up to $109/head to restockers.
Light store boning ewes down to 14kg cwt sold for $55 to $89/head and heavier boners for $95 to $125/head, sold with a 150mm fleece.
Wethers sold to processors from $75 to $85/head for lightweights under 18kg cwt and $105 to $149/head for the heavier wethers.
Wethers suitable for live export returned $70 to $115/head, depending on weight.
Mature rams sold for $10 to $93/head, to average $50/head, and rams to live export sold for $50 to $80/head.
Younger ram lambs sold to processors for $80 to $95/head.
Feeder and restocker buyers paid from $40 to $129/head, depending on weight, and ram lambs to live export returned $90 to $99/head.