Wool prices in cents per pound and foreign currency per kilogram, sheep prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals on per head basis as indicated.

NATIONAL WOOL REVIEW

(USDA Market News)

Greeley, Colo.

March 31

Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was slow this week, with no confirmed sales. Demand moderate to good. Domestic wool trading on a greasy basis was slow this week, with no confirmed sales. Demand good.

Domestic Wool Tags -- delivered to buyer, greasy basis:

#1 $.70-.80

#2 $.50-.60

#3 $.40-.50

The FSA effective LDP rate for wool is unchanged at $0 per pound. The FSA effective LDP rate for mohair is unchanged at $0 per pound.

NATIONAL SHEEP SUMMARY

(USDA Market News)

San Angelo, Texas

March 31

Compared to last week slaughter lambs were very uneven. Lambs over 130 lbs. felt the most pressure and were $10-15 lower. Lambs under 50 lbs. had the most advance and were steady to as much as $30 higher. Lambs weighing 60-130 lbs. ranged from $5 lower to $10 higher.

Slaughter ewes were mostly steady to $10 higher. Feeder lambs were steady to $10 higher. At San Angelo, Texas, 4,169 head sold in a one-day sale. Equity Electronic Auction sold 300 slaughter lambs in Wisconsin. In direct trading no comparison on slaughter ewes and feeder lambs were sharply lower than last sales. 5,600 head of negotiated sales of slaughter lambs were $1-2 lower and 13,600 head of formula sales were $3 lower. 8,794 lamb carcasses sold with 45 lbs. and down $96.70 higher; 45-55 lbs. $4.95 lower; 55-65 lbs. $1.60 higher; 65 lbs. and up $.08-1.08 lower.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS Choice and Prime 2-3 90-160 lbs.:

San Angelo: shorn and wooled 100-170 lbs. 130-150.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS Choice and Prime 1:

San Angelo: 40-60 lbs. $210-224, few 230-234; 60-70 lbs. $192-210, few 218-220; 70-80 lbs. $190-206, few 216; 80-90 lbs. $170-180; 90-105 lbs. $160-165.

DIRECT TRADING (Lambs with 3-4 percent shrink or equivalent)

5,600 Slaughter Lambs shorn and wooled 100-170 lbs. $140-157 (wtd avg $149.52), few wooled 50-60 lbs. $285; no dressed sales reported.

California: 3,700 Feeder Lambs 110-115 lbs. $150.

Idaho: 300 Slaughter Ewes Utility and Good 1-3 $56; Cull and Utility 1-2 $35.

SLAUGHTER EWES:

San Angelo: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) $63-68; Good 2-3 (fleshy) $78-88; Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) $90-98, few high yielding 107; Utility 1-2 (thin) $80-88; Cull and Utility 1-2 (very thin) $72-75; Cull 1 (extremely thin) $52-68.

FEEDER LAMBS Medium and Large 1-2:

San Angelo: 50-55 lbs. $211-230; 90-100 lbs. $176-180.

REPLACEMENT EWES Medium and Large 1-2:

San Angelo: no test.

NATIONAL WEEKLY LAMB CARCASS Choice and Prime 1-4:

Weight Wtd. avg.

45 lbs. down $630.73

45-55 lbs. $397.21

55-65 lbs. $360.14

65-75 lbs. $341.91

75-85 lbs. $331.77

85 lbs. and up $302.44

Sheep and lamb slaughter under federal inspection for the week to date totaled 45,000 compared with 40,000 last week and 43,000 last year.

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