CATTLE: The numbers were well back on last weeks sale to a total of 614 head for the last sale of the year. Young cattle made up the largest percentage of the yarding and mostly represented fair to good quality. There were a few pens of weaner cattle, while yearling steers and heifers were well supplied. Most of the young cattle went to feeders and re-stockers, while only a selected few yearlings were acquired by the trade. Competition was strong with re-stocker vealer steers selling to a top of 355c/kg. Trade yearling steers and heifers met with keen butcher demand, with yearling steers selling to a top of 323c, while heifers topped at 300c/kg. Feeder steers increased by 4c to average around 332c, while feeder heifers were 10c dearer and more in places, ranging from 304c to 335c, to average around 320c/kg. The export cattle consisted mainly of cows with insufficient grown steers and heifers for a reliable quote. The cow market was 2c to 5c dearer with medium weights averaging 228c/kg. Some local sales: J Walton light 2T steers 282c/kg 315 kg $889*** B Tomlinson 416 kg hiefers 320.2 c/kg $1334 and 328kg milk tooth hiefers 316 c/kg 328kg $1037.
Sheep and Lambs: There was a yarding of 1,366 head of sheep and lambs, with trade weights well supplied. Lighter store lambs were also well represented, with a few pens of well finished heavy lambs. The market was stronger week-on-week for all classes of lambs, with mostly processors and re-stockers active in the market. The small yarding of mutton also met a solid market with both ewes and wethers that were offered to be generally good quality.
Williamson Rural would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday period and that the next sale in Inverell will be Tuesday 5th January.