Sheep num­bers down in sa­le­yards

Great Southern Herald - - News -

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.

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