Heavy lambs sell $156-$159
A total of 13,786 sheep were yarded at Katanning saleyards last week, of mostly lambs.
Heavy lambs ranging from 2526kg cwt sold for $156-$159/head, to average 584¢/kg cwt. Trade-weight lambs sold for $120-$140/head, with prices firm, while lambs for airfreight sold for $97-$127/head.
Store lightweight wether lambs sold for $5-$70/head, paid for the very light, and $60-$115/head, paid for the better framed lambs with a fleece. Store crossbred lambs sold to feeders and processors for $73$112/head, including skins, and extremely poor-quality drafts sold for $10-$77/head.
The quality of black tag ewes present was mixed, with the best selling for $91-$109/head. Light plain ewes sold for $35-$85/head.
Processors bought heavy ram lambs for $140/head, while medium and lightweight ram lambs sold for $55-$100/head to feeder buyer and processors.
Mutton prices eased slightly on the previous sale. Heavyweight ewes over 24kg cwt sold for $97$133/head, including skins, to return 372¢ to 412¢/kg cwt.
Light store boning ewes down to 14kg cwt sold for $40-$108/head with a three-inch skin. Mediumweight ewes in the 18-22kg cwt category sold for $86-$107/head, including skins. A small yarding of wethers sold for $100-$117/head to processors. Most of the light and medium-weight wethers were purchased for $65-$100/head.