Cattle: There was a reduction in numbers and quality, for a penning of 2,187 mixed cattle, 690 less. Cows again saw big numbers contributing 30% of the penning, along with a good selection of young cattle, these principally going to the feeder and re-stocker orders. There was a full complement of processors and the usual feeder and re-stocker interest. Except for a few pens of well-bred young steers, which stood firm, most steers saw cheaper trends of 19c for the medium weights with plainer types up to 30c/kg back. The best trade yearlings were back 9c/kg. Light, plainer conditioned heifers sold to cheaper trends of 21c/kg, many going to background situations north of the border. Heavy weight heifers to the trade sold to dearer trends of 7c/kg. Grown steers sold to cheaper trends of 17c/kg, with the heifer portion much the same at 15c/kg back. There was limited re-stocker interest in the D1 cows, and these, along with D2 light cows were 16c to 20c/kg back. The top end of the D3 and D4 cows sold to cheaper trends of 14c/kg, the overall reduction 7c/kg back. Bulls sold to slightly cheaper trends. Local sale Doak P’Ship bulls 215c/kg 705kg $1517
Sheep: Inverell penned 1,660 lambs and 3,900 grown sheep, including Dorpers. Heavy lambs were in limited supply, while there were good supplies of light trade and trade lambs. Re-stockers showed keen interest in Merino ewes to go south, with limited interest also in light lambs. All the regular buyers were in attendance. Light lambs 16-18kg saw sales of $35 to $87, mostly to re-stockers, while light trade lambs sold from $90 to $105/head. Heavy trades sold to $127/head. Medium weight lambs sold from $130 to $148/head. Heavy and extra heavy lambs sold from $148 to $178/head. As there has been no report for the last month, these comparisons on all grades show cheaper trends from that period. Cross bred ewes topped at $136, to make from $112 to $136, with Dorpers making $130, and Merinos $30 to $78 for re-stockers and $45 to $115/head the trade. Crossbred wethers made to $115, the Merino drafts to $150 and made from $118 to $145/head. Again, these reflect cheaper trends from a month ago.