Cattle: Inverell penned 358 extra to yard 2,330 mixed cattle from two weeks ago. It was a mostly plain quality penning, but included some well presented lines of weaners and yearling cattle, as well as drafts of grain assisted pens. Cows again dominated the yarding, with close to 1,000 head penned. All the regular buyers attended, with some processors putting cows onto feed. Weaner steers saw dearer trends, with quality improving to see averages up by 20c/kg. Heifers also seeing trends improve by 30c/kg. Light yearling steers saw firm trends, with medium weight drafts improving up to 30c/kg. A better presented offering of heifers also experienced dearer trends of 30c/kg. A lift in quality also saw heavier heifers making to 20c/kg dearer. Grown heifers to the trade saw firm trends, while there were no steers to quote. Re-stocker interest saw a lift of 17c/kg in the light cow market. Medium weight cows experienced firm trends. 3 score cows, while not the quality of last sale, still saw firm trends throughout. Live export competition underpinned the bull market and these saw firm trends from last day.
Sheep & Lambs: Numbers and quality lifted to see 5,918 sheep and lambs. The regular buyers attended to a significantly dearer market throughout. Re-stockers operated, but were subdued by those rises. All lamb categories sold to dearer trends, with the light grades seeing a modest rise of $3 to $10/head. Trade lambs saw rises of $15 to $20, while the heavy weights sold to dearer trends of $11/head. The extra heavy lambs saw quality and weight improve, the top money to $240, $40/head up on the sale two weeks ago. Hoggets sold up to $9/head better. Light ewes saw dearer trends of $18/head, with re-stockers active, but subdued. A rise of $20/head occurred through the medium weight ewes, with a noticeable lift in quality. Heavy ewes sold to dearer trends of $25, with the heavy wether portion seeing substantial rises, the tops selling to $240/head.