Inverell Market Report 15th March 2016

Cattle: The continuing dry weather has seen the number of cattle increase by 400 head for a yarding of 2,236 head. Vealers and weaner cattle were again well supplied, along with a good yarding of yearlings. Cows dominated the grown cattle section. Quality of the young cattle was fairly good, with several runs of well-bred weaners and yearlings offered that were suitable for re-stockers and feeder buyers, however there was a few more plain cattle through the sale this week. The market continued to hold strong for well-bred restocker vealer steers with a top price of 362c and an average of 345c for the medium weight steers, however re-stocker vealer heifers were down by 5c, selling to 314c/kg. Feeder steers were down by 15c, with medium weights averaging 300c, while light re-stocker yearling steers sold to a top of 339c/kg. Trade yearling heifers topped at 313c, while feeder heifers were down by 5c to 294c, however light restocker yearling heifers were up to 30c/kg cheaper. The yarding of export cattle was made up mainly of cows, along with a small penning of grown steers and heifers. Steers sold to a top of 266c, and heifers sold to a top of 275c/kg. The cow market was 6c to 10c cheaper, although some cows were down by 15c/kg. Medium weight cows averaged 210c, and heavy cows sold to a top of 223c/kg.

Sheep:Total yarding of 5223 head. There was a larger yarding of lambs this week, consisting of a good supply of trade weights, and there were also several pens of heavy and extra heavy lambs, while light lambs were in larger number. Quality was good with most of the trade and heavy lambs well finished 3 and 4 scores, although there were several pens of light store lambs offered. The market was easier for most trade weights with prices generally down by $3 to $6/head, however heavy lambs held firm. Light lambs met a firm market with restockers active in the market. The yarding of mutton consisted of several runs of medium and heavy sheep in full wool and in goo 3 and 4 score condition. Competition was stronger with most sheep selling $10 to $15/head dearer.  Local sales: J Harper Merino hoggets $62, also sold light merino wethers $52- D & T Swan Dorper mutton $66. Next sheep sale 29th March.

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