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Lamb Meat,
Live Lamb
Prices Fall

Lamb carcasses lost $5-10 late last week and fat lamb prices fell accordingly, some mid-week sales off $5 on Midwest markets. Feeder lambs managed to hold fairly steady.

East Coast carlot lamb prices were $159.50-160 on all weights. Heavyweight carcasses have held a price advantage for the past 10 weeks. Prices are now $44 to $62 below mid-June levels. Lamb cutout values declined again last week, the 19th consecutive week. Weights under 65 pounds were off $2.50 at $195.21, over 65 pounds off $2.23 at $198.51.

Lamb and mutton imports the week ending August 26 totaled 1120 metric tons or 2.7 million pounds, the equivalent of 73 percent of domestic production that week. Goat meat imports that week were the largest of the year at 227 metric tons, nearly half a million pounds. Lamb and mutton imports for the year to date are up near 14 percent at 39,938 metric tons, or 87.8 million pounds.

Slaughter ewe exports to Mexico last week came to 7348 head. The year to date volume through Monday was up 18 percent at 290,743 head.

San Angelo feeder lambs weighing 40-60 pounds brought $96-102, a few at $103, 60-70 pounds $90-98, 70-80 pounds $87-92.50, and 80-90 pounds $82.50-88. Goldthwaite had 55-80 pound lambs $85-87. Junction lambs weighing 50-70 pounds were $78-96 and 70-90 pounds $88-94. Midwest markets had 60-80 pound feeders $75-80 and 80-100 pounds $70-75. Billings lambs of 50-60 pounds made $86-88, 60-70 pounds $84-89.75, 70-80 pounds $87.50-91.50, 80-90 pounds $75-81, and 100-115 pounds $66.50-70, a few to $76.50.

Feeder lambs moving direct in West Texas saw 60-80 pounds bring $90-93 and 80-90 pounds $85-88. New Mexico feeders sold at $90-92 on 75-85 pounds. Colorado lambs weighing 100 pounds were $80. Wyoming feeders of 78-88 pounds brought $88-90, and Montana had 80 pound lambs $85-90, 90-100 pounds $77-78. Oregon feeders at 95-100 pounds brought $85, and 85-95 pound Utah lambs made $88-90.

San Angelo slaughter lambs weighing 90-135 pounds brought $72-78, a few up to $84 and some down to $70. Goldthwaite fats made $77-89. Midwest markets had fats $61-70.

Fat lambs moving direct in West Texas were $70-80 on 120-145 pounds. Colorado contract lambs scaling 130-160 pounds realized $75-80 with an average of $77.86 and 145 pounds compared to $79.11 and 135 pounds last year. California fat lambs of 125-145 pounds made $75-78, and fat lambs moving direct in the Midwest were $67-70 on 130-140 pounds.

Fat slaughter ewes in San Angelo moved for $29-34, fleshy $38-48.50, a few up to $51. Midwest markets had ewes $23-33.25. Billings ewes brought $25-28.50.

Ewe lambs weighing 72-73 pounds in Wyoming brought $104.50 cwt., 82-85 pounds $90-98 and yearlings turned at $130 per head. Utah quoted 85-90 pound ewe lambs $93 cwt. Idaho moved yearlings at $135-135.50 per head.

     



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