Sheep numbers down in saleyards
Numbers were down last week at Katanning saleyards, with 15,573 mixed-quality sheep penned. This was 1260-head fewer than the previous sale.
Lamb prices were up on the previous sale, with processors bidding strongly on prime lambs and feeder buyers on unfinished lines.
Restockers sought out quality young ewes, paying up to $140/head for the best.
Light lambs sold for $70 to $92/head to processors, while airfreight weights sold for $98 to $122/ head.
Trade-weight lambs sold for $120 to $144/head, paid for Merino lambs with a fleece, while heavy lambs sold to $145/head.
Young Merino ewes sold for $50/head, for lightweights, and up to $140/head, for the best couple of pens and paid by restockers.
Good-quality heavy mutton over 24kg cwt eased $1 to $6/head in price, selling for $90 to $125/head, including skins, to average 370¢/kg cwt.