Mixed quality at yarding
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.