The south central direct sheep report for week ending April 8 included 13,100 head of sheep and 1,200 goats, according to the USDA Market News Service, San Angelo, TX.

The report covered Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas.

Compared to last week, slaughter lambs were weak to $1 lower. Trade and demand moderate. Feeder lambs were steady. Trade was fairly active. Demand was moderate. Interest remains very good for new crop lambs. Slaughter ewes were steady. Replacement ewes were not tested. Slaughter goats were firm to $3 higher.

Slaughter lambs: Texas, 4,100 head, Choice, 2 to 3, shorn, 125 to 145 lbs., 79.00 to 80.00. Kansas, 1,900 head, Choice, 2 to 3, shorn, 140 to 145 lbs., 78.00 to 78.75, 40-cent slide over 140 lbs.

Feeder lambs: Texas, 3,800 head, medium and large frame 1 to 2, new crop, 70 to 90 lbs., 102.00 to 107.00. New Mexico, 2,800 head, medium and large frame 1 to 2, 70 to 75 lbs., to feedlots under retained ownership.

Slaughter ewes: New Mexico, 500 head, Utility, 1 to 3, 32.00.

Slaughter goats: Kids, 1,200 head, Choice and Prime, 40 to 60 lbs., 95.00 to 98.00. Choice, 40 to 60 lbs., 90.00 to 95.00.

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