Inverel Market Report 31st October 2017

Cattle:Numbers increased by 352 for a penning of 1,256 head of mostly good quality cattle. Only a small number of vealers were penned, but again yearlings dominated 2/3 of the yarding. Grown cattle were in similar numbers to last sale day but cow numbers however, tripled. All the regular buyers were in attendance and operated strongly.  Both steer and heifer vealers were in short supply and there are no comparisons from last week as there were no quotes. Light steer yearlings to feed showed firm to dearer trends, while the medium weights were a standout with dearer trends of 25c/kg for the better end of that category. Heavy feeders also showed dearer trends of 20c/kg. Yearling heifers also showed dearer trends of 20c/kg, particularly for the top end. The heavy feeder heifers sold firm to 10c/kg dearer. Grown steer and heifer numbers were similar, with the steers slightly easier, numbers being a factor. The heifer portion showed a slightly dearer trend, but again numbers were a factor. D2 and D3 cows sold to trends of 4c to 5c dearer, while the better conditioned D3 and D4 types were to 8c/kg better. Bulls sold to dearer trends to be 10c/kg better.

Sheep: Limited numbers resulted in a penning of 1,000 mixed quality lambs and 400 grown sheep. This is to be expected at this time of the year, when old season lambs are running low, numbers of new season lambs are yet to hit the market and grown sheep numbers are generally short. There were limited numbers of new season lambs and a shortage of old lambs. There were however some good lines of older, well finished lambs on offer. All the regular buyers were in attendance.  New season lambs were $30 per head better than last day. Similarly trade lambs were dearer and the heavy lambs on offer sold up to $50 per head for the better finished article. Hoggets sold to dearer trends. Limited sheep numbers also showed dearer trends with crossbred ewes slightly better, but heavy, young wethers were to $30 per head dearer. Doak P’Ship Bundarra 47kg merino lambs $127 and aged ewes $97.

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