Inverell Market Report 6th December 2016

Cattle: As the trading year starts to come to an end numbers increased by 550 for a yarding of 2,050 head. Yearlings were in large numbers while grown cattle numbers also increased. The yarding of young cattle consisted of a small penning of vealers while yearling steers and heifers were well supplied with all weights and grades well represented. Quality was good with some good runs of well-bred and well finished 2 and 3 score cattle offered. Overall the market was solid, although some sales were a little easier. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers sold firm to slightly easier with medium weights under 400kg averaging 342c, while re-stockers sold to a top of 389c/kg. Heavy feeder steers however, were 2c dearer selling to a top of 321c/kg. Trade yearling heifers were down by 10c topping at 320c/kg. Feeder heifers sold firm to 5c cheaper, depending on breed and weight to average 315c/kg. The yarding of export cattle consisted of increased numbers of grown steers and heifers and a good yarding of cows. Quality was good with several runs of high yielding cattle through the sale. Grown steers were up to 15c dearer selling to a top of 308c and feeders to 324c, while heifers topped at 283c/kg. The cow market was up by 10c to 12c with medium weight 3 scores averaging 236c and heavy cows sold to a top of 249c/kg. There were several pens of cows and calves included in the sale with the top pen selling to $1,960/head.

Sheep: There was a larger yarding of nearly 6,000 head of sheep of which there was a round 3,000 lambs penned. Quality of the lambs was very mixed with some good runs of well finished lambs, some supplementary fed, however there was increased number of light plain lambs through the sale. The market varied with the better finished 3 score lambs selling close to firm, however the plain lambs showing dryness were discounted. There was a larger yarding of mutton with both ewes and wethers were supplied. Quality was mixed with some well finished mutton caring a good skin, along with some plain sheep offered. The market was generally firm with variations only in quality.

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