Heavy lambs sell $156-$159

Narrogin Observer - - News -

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.

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