Inverell Market Report 15th May 2017

Cattle: Numbers increased by 180 for a total of just over 1,000 head. Yearlings and cows made up the largest percentage of the yarding. The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of yearlings, along with a few pens of vealers. Quality of the young cattle was good with runs of well-bred yearling steers and heifers suitable for feeders and backgrounders and some well finished yearling heifers that were acquired by the trade.
Competition was strong with re-stocker vealer steers selling up to 381c and re-stocker vealer heifers topped at 336c/kg. Feeder steers were 10c dearer, while re-stockers gained 20c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers under 400kg sold to a top of 358c to average 346c, and re-stockers sold to a top of 360c/kg. Feeder heifers were up by 17c selling to a top of 332c to average 317c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of a fair penning of grown heifers and a good yarding of cows, however there was insufficient numbers of grown steers offered for a quote. Grown heifers sold to a top of 285c/kg. There were several pens of high yielding cows through the sale, in a strong market with most sales 10c to 12c/kg dearer. Medium weight 3 score cows averaged 218c, while heavy cows sold to a top of 233c, and heavy bulls topped at 298c/kg.

Sheep:There was a smaller yarding of 3,051 sheep, of which there was 2,068 lambs yarded. Quality of the lambs was good with most lambs in 3 and 4 score condition and carrying some skin. Trade lambs were well supplied as well as increased numbers of heavy and extra heavy lambs offered. The strong market was $4 to $6/head dearer for most lambs with processors keen to acquire all classes and weights of lambs.
The smaller penning of mutton was made up mainly of ewes, although there were several pens of wethers through the sale. Competition was strong with most sheep selling on at recent sale prices. Local sales: R & J Bowen dorper wethers $120

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