Cattle: An increase of 310 head took Inverell to 940 mostly good quality cattle. The big increase was for yearling steers which tripled in numbers. There was a light penning of vealers and a slight increase in yearling heifers, grown steers and heifers, but limited numbers of cows. All regular buyers attended and operated, as well as an extra feeder order. Not a lot of vealers, but they showed a dearer trend with local butchers operating strongly. Light weight yearling steers showed dearer trends of 18c, while medium weights were dearer by 12c/kg. Heavy feeders were also dearer, up 12c/kg. Yearling heifers showed dearer trends across the range and were 10c to 12c/kg. Medium weights featured with rises of up to 13c/kg. Grown steers showed dearer trends of 10c to 14c, with heifers also dearer by 5c/kg. Limited cow numbers saw D2 and D3 cows being slightly cheaper. The better finished D4 cows showed firm trends. Bulls were slightly dearer.
Sheep: There was a larger yarding this week (2575) compared to a fortnight ago (1300), heavy lambs were up $6 to $8 and trade lambs were fully firm. Mutton was up $4 – $5 as well.