Inverell Market Report 1st March 2016

Cattle: Numbers increased by 244 head for a yarding of 1,432 which consisted of a good supply of yearlings and vealers, along with an increased supply of cows. Quality of the young cattle was good, with a large number of well finished and well-bred yearling steers and heifers, along with a fair penning of vealers. Most of the young cattle were acquired by re-stockers and feeders, with only a selective few cattle going to slaughter. The market saw re-stocker vealer steers selling 5c cheaper, topping at 361c/kg. A general reflection on the drying weather. Re-stocker vealer heifers topped at 337c, while heifers to slaughter sold to 323c/kg. Feeder steers were 4c dearer, with medium weights selling to an average of 322c/kg. However, despite the yarding of heifers being an improved quality line up this week, prices fell by 6c to average 306c/kg. The few yearling heifers that went to the trade sold to a top of 311c/kg. The larger yarding of export cattle consisted of increased numbers of grown steers and heifers, along with a good yarding of cows. An extra buyer in the market this week saw most export cattle sell to a dearer trend. Grown steers were up by 4c selling to a top of 279c, with heifers topping at 287c/kg. The cow market improved 5c to 6c, with medium weights averaging 225c and heavy cows selling to 242c/kg.

Sheep: There was a good yarding of lambs, consisting of a fair penning of light & trade weights, along with several pens of heavy lambs, while there was a fair supply of dorper lambs. Quality was fairly good with mainly well finished lambs offered. The market was slightly easier with most lambs selling $2 to $5 cheaper. The larger yarding of mutton was made up of some good runs of medium and heavy ewes and wethers, several lots in full wool. Most sheep sold firm to slightly dearer, with the heavy mutton carrying a good skin selling fully firm.  Local sales: Wiljaro P/L Dorper lambs 46kg $118

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