Cattle: Inverell increased their numbers to 1,670 head, 290 more than last weeks sale. With only one sale before the Christmas break, vendors are taking the benefit while the sales continue. It was a mixed quality yarding with an emphasis on yearling steers which doubled in volume. Vealer numbers were similar, yearling heifers less, grown cattle static and cows down by a third. All regular buyers attended and were active. Vealers showed cheaper trends of 10c to 11c/kg. Feeder orders were still active, however, there was a correction in some market trends, bringing overall trends slightly cheaper for light weight and medium weight feeders of up 12 to 14c/kg. There were numbers of plainer quality cattle and these contributed to that trend. Bigger numbers of the steers were mostly consigned to the feeder pens. Yearling heifers showed general cheaper trends except for some lighter weight, better shaped heifers which were 7c to 9c/kg better. There were some good quality grown steers penned and this resulted in a firm trend at the final bid. Grown heifers were firm. Cows sold to cheaper trends, particularly for the better D3 and D4 types which culminated in a drop of 11c/kg for the higher end. Some extra heavy cows, carrying a great deal of fat cover fell to beneath 100c/kg. Light cows sold to mostly firm trends. Bulls sold to mostly dearer trends, quality and yield playing a big part. Local sales Doak P’ship cows $2.192 c/kg 696kg $1527 * D & J Jones Hfr veilers $3.042 c/kg 189kg $574* J Stibbard store cows $2.00 435kg $870. Also a reminder that the last cattle and sheep sale for 2017 will be next week the 12th December and the first sale in 2018 will be the 9th January.