Mixed qual­ity at yard­ing

Narrogin Observer - - News -

Num­bers were down for a to­tal yard­ing of 12,991 sheep at Katan­ning last week.

The qual­ity over­all was very mixed with prices fol­low­ing suit.

Prime lambs sold higher this week with light­weight lambs over 14kg gain­ing $2 to $20/head on last week. Heavy­weight lambs be­tween 23-26kg im­proved to make from $142 to $150/head to re­turn 584c to 602c/kg cwt.

Trade-weight lambs made from $120 to $141/head re­turn­ing 576c to 614c/kg cwt in­clud­ing skins.

Store light­weight wethers lambs made from $53 to $116 depend­ing on frame and skin. Store cross­bred lambs went to feed­ers and pro­ces­sors from $71 to $88 with ex­tremely poor drafts from $15 to $65/head.

The qual­ity of the black tag ewes was mixed this week along with prices. The best drafts made from $117 to $131 and light plain ewes sold for $45 to $90/head.

The best of the ram lambs sold to feeder buy­ers at $140 and pro­ces­sors at $160/head. Mut­ton prices were stronger again with heavy­weight ewes over 24kg mak­ing from $105 to $139 in­clud­ing skins to re­turn 356c to 435c/kg cwt.

Light store bon­ing ewes down to 15kg made from $58 to $104 with a 50mm fleece. Good medium-weight ewes in the 18-22kg range made from $79 to $108/head in­clud­ing skins. Wethers re­mained firm to eas­ier on qual­ity.

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