Cattle: There was a slight reduction in numbers this week, mostly in young females. Yearling steers remained static and cow numbers increased, particularly in the 1 and 2 score grades. The regular gallery of buyers attended, along with two extra store cow orders. Weaner steers to feed showed dearer trends of 17c, light weaners also sold to dearer trends of 12c/kg. The best of the yearlings saw dearer trends of up to 16c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers were to 19c/kg better. Light weaner heifers to feed saw a reduction of 14c, however, both medium and heavy weight categories saw upward trends of 20c/kg. Limited numbers and a lift in quality saw dearer trends for both grown steers and heifers. Steers appreciated 9c, with heifers, also in very limited numbers, saw rises of up to 40c/kg, quality having a marked affect. Queensland cow orders pushed plain cows into a dearer trend. Quality was again a factor and those cows saw upward trends of 50c/kg, with majority of sales going to Queensland. 2 score cows to the trade saw rises of 14c/kg. The better 3 and 4 score cows saw slightly cheaper trends of only a few cents. Bull trends were up, seeing those averages 8c/kg dearer. Local Sales- Doak P’Ship cows 190c/kg 720kg $1368- Wilmot Cattle store type XB Steers 246c/kg 371kg $925
Sheep: Inverell penned 2,000 lambs and 2,080 grown sheep, 1,500 less than a fortnight ago. There were not many heavy lambs, but they were good and sold to dearer trends. There were useful drafts of trade lambs, as well as light trade and restocker lambs. There were useful drafts of grown sheep, both ewes and wethers. The regular buying group attended and operated. There was limited restocker competition on the light store lambs and these sold to dearer trends of $12/head. Light trade lambs also sold to dearer trends, while trade lambs sold to $8/head better. Heavy lambs also showed dearer trends of $10/head, extra heavy lambs were firm. Light Merino ewes sold to dearer trends of $10, with first cross ewes making $82 and heavy weight sold to $130 to be $8/head dearer. Merino wethers also sold to dearer trends of up to $28/head, for wethers with a big skin. Heavy Dorper ewes were firm. Local sales: JF AM Doak ewes $70 and cull merino rams $75.