Inverell Market Report 30th May 2017

Cattle: Numbers remained steady for a yarding of 672 head. Young cattle and cows made up the largest percentage of the yarding. The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of yearlings, and a small penning of vealers. Quality improved with increased numbers of cattle coming in off crop, and there was also several pens of well-bred yearling steers and heifers offered, that were keenly sought after by restockers and feeders.
Competition was strong with re-stocker vealer steers selling 6c dearer topping at 435c for light weights, while re-stocker vealer heifers sold to a top of 370c/kg. Feeder steers held firm selling to a top of 360c to average 350c, however well-bred re-stocker yearling steers met very keen demand, with a fair percentage destined for oat crops, reaching a top price of 405c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed gained 10c and sold to an average of 326c/kg. The odd trade heifer sold to 335c/kg.
Cows made up the bulk of the grown cattle section, along with a few grown steers and heifers. Grown steers sold to 285c and heifers reached 275c/kg. Most of the cows were off crop, with several runs of high yielding cows through the sale. Processors were keen to acquire their share, resulting in a price rise of 14c to 16c, with medium weight cows averaging 238c while heavy cows sold to a top of 246c/kg.

Sheep: There were a few more sheep yarded for a total of 3772 head, which consisted of just over 3,000 lambs. Quality of the lambs was good with increased numbers of heavy and extra heavy lambs, along with a good supply of trade weights. Dorper lambs were in larger numbers and were also well represented. Competition was strong, although trade lambs struggled to hold firm in places, however there was a stronger market for heavy and extra heavy lambs. Dorper lambs also sold on a strong market, with improved quality having some effect on the better prices.
The yarding of mutton was also of generally good quality, although there was only a small number yarded. There were several pens of sheep carrying a good skin. Competition remained strong for most classes of mutton.

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