Inverell Market Report 15th May 2018

Cattle: The number of cattle yarded increased by 400 for a total of 1,360 head. The main increase was in the young cattle section, with larger numbers of weaners and yearlings offered. Quality was mixed with mainly 1 and 2 score conditioned cattle, however there were several runs of well-bred weaners and yearlings through the sale. Most of the cattle were drawn from local areas and the Tablelands.  Buyers had a few more re-stocker orders this week, helping to improve prices especially on the better bred cattle. Re-stocker weaner steers gained 30c selling to a top of 284c, while the weaner heifers were up by 10c, selling to 235c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers held firm, selling to 267c for an average of 247c, while heavy feeder steers sold to a dearer market topping at 268c/kg. Feeder heifers held firm, although some sales struggled to hold firm. Medium weights averaged 231c, selling to 259c/kg.  The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, although there was a few more grown heifers and a small penning of steers. Grown steers sold to a top of 241c and the heifers topped at 235c/kg. The cow market improved, with processors showing more interest this week. Most sales were up by 10c to 15c with medium weight 3 score cows averaging 182c and heavy cows selling to a top of 203c/kg. Local sales-Doak Partnership Bundarra Bulls 180.0¢ 445kg $801.00

Sheep: A larger yarding of 4,900 sheep were penned, of which 2,182 were lambs. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights, several pens of heavy lambs and several light weight lambs offered.  Quality was good with several runs of supplementary fed lambs through the sale, while several lambs showed the effects of the season. The market overall was strong with most lambs selling to a slightly dearer market.  The larger penning of mutton consisted of some well finished medium and heavy weight sheep, in both the ewe and wether lots. There were several pens of mutton carrying a good skin, along with some shawn sheep. Competition was much stronger with prices $20/head dearer and more in places. Local sales- Debbie McCowan Bundarra Dorper Lambs 53.4kg $146.00 and Dorper wethers (mutton) $160

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