Sheepmeat prices buoy Katanning saleyards
The Great Southern’s flagship livestock centre is maintaining its strong sheepmeat prices, a livestock market analyst says, despite value falling from the record highs enjoyed three months ago.
At the Katanning Regional Saleyards last week, ewes dominated the 10,631 sheep and lambs yarded to return strong prices, with one pen — carrying a full fleece — attracting $145 a head.
Light new season lambs, weighing under 16kg, featured heavily across the auction and sold up to $118. However, one pen of heavy lambs bucked the trend and commanded $171 per head, equating to about 676¢/kg carcase weight.
It comes after lambs sold to as high as $289 a head at Katanning in June to notch WA’s highest saleyard lamb price.
LIVEstock Pricing founder Rob Kelly said prices had remained strong, with a surge in buyers purchasing sheep and lambs from on-farm instead of the sales.
“Normally at this time of year, we’ve seen a bit more of an increase in throughput at the yards but this year lambs seem to be a bit later,” he said.
“Having said that, buyers are getting plenty of stock out the paddock, so they’re not as dependent on the sales to fill processing capacity.
“Despite coming off pretty heavily in the last month or so, direct prices are still pretty good — $6.80 for new season crossbred lambs.”
Despite coming off pretty heavily in the last month or so, direct prices are still pretty good — $6.80 for new season crossbred lambs.
Mr Kelly added prices for trade lamb, weighing from 20kg to 24kg, in Meat and Livestock Australia reports are not reaching the $6.80 quoted by some buyers.
“If it was higher, it would indicate the buyers were short of stock and needed to buy it, but it’s lower so I’m guessing they’re pretty comfortable at the moment,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mecardo representatives were at the Katanning Regional Saleyards auction yesterday.
The Victorian-based agriculture analysts were at the sale to consult with sheep producers about the extended three-month live sheep shipping moratorium’s impact along the supply chain.
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