Inverell Market Report 12th December 2017

Cattle: There was a yarding of 1,782 head, which is an increase of 112 head. The yarding consisted mainly of young cattle, with yearling steers and heifers well supplied. Cattle were drawn from local areas, along with consignments from Western areas. There was also a fair penning of grown cattle. The quality of the young cattle was mixed with several runs of well-bred yearlings suitable for feeders and backgrounder, and most yearlings were in 2 and 3 score condition, although there were some plainer cattle through the sale.
Competition was generally stronger with feeder and re-stocker yearling steers selling 10c/kg dearer. Feeder steers sold to a top of 315c for an average of 296c, while light re-stockers topped at 376c/kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling heifers were 10c to 15c dearer with feeder heifers averaging 280c/kg. Trade yearling heifers sold to 300c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of a fair penning of grown steers and heifers and several pens of cows. Quality of the cows was fair, however not up to last week’s standard. The few grown steers sold to 273c and heifers topped at 268c/kg. Despite the varying quality, cows were 5c to 10c dearer with 3 score medium weights averaged 216c and heavy cows sold to a top of 226c/kg.

Sheep: There was a yarding of 4,436 sheep, of which there was 2,352 lambs yarded. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights and several pens of heavy and extra heavy lambs, there was also pens of light lambs through the sale. Quality of the lambs was good with some good runs of well finished lambs that were supplementary fed, along with lambs showing dryness in the skin. The light lambs went mainly to re-stockers. Competition remained strong with both processors and re-stocker competing strongly throughout the sale.
The yarding of mutton consisted of several large lines of ewes and wethers in good 3 score condition and carrying a good skin. Most of the mutton were medium weights, and there several lines of heavy weights offered in a strong market.

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