CATTLE: Numbers reduced to yard a total of 1117 head, down 646 from last week mainly in the young cattle and cow penning. There was a slight lift in the yearling quality, although there were plainer cattle yarded and this had an overall cheaper result in the averages throughout the young cattle. All the regular buyers attended, with re-stockers active through the cow penning. Plain steer weaners saw cheaper trends of 13c, however, trade veal sold to dearer trends of 6c/kg. Averages of yearling steers to feed sold to cheaper trends of 6c/kg. Averages for the medium weight steers sold to cheaper trends of 13c/kg. Similar results for the yearling heifers, with averages showing a shortfall of 11c/kg. Trade yearling heifers saw firm trends, selling to 245c/kg. A lift in quality and weight saw heavy grown heifers sell to dearer trends of 13c/kg. Re-stockers pushed light cows to 157c/kg, to be slightly dearer. The medium weight cows also saw good re-stocker interest, up 22c/kg. Medium weight trade cows saw rises of 7c to 13c, while 3 and 4 score cows sold to 4c/kg better. Exporters were again competitive in the bull market, up 12c, with processors lifting prices to 274c, to be 7c/kg dearer.
SHEEP: Less numbers for Inverell this fortnight with a reduction of 733 head to total 5,184 sheep and lambs. There was a good quality penning of heavy Dorper lambs, however, the second cross portion slipped in quality to eventuate in a general easing in trends throughout. All the regular buyers attended and operated. Very light lambs saw a $9/head correction. Trade lambs also experienced substantial falls, mainly due to plainer quality, seeing reductions of up to $20/head. Heavy trade lambs saw cheaper trends of $10/head. Heavy lamb averages experienced shortfalls of $11/head. Hoggets were firm, topping at $153/head. A reduction in quality saw light ewe values fall by $9/head. Medium weight ewes also sold cheaper by $15/head. Heavy crossbred ewes sold to $200 and Dorpers to $180/head. Wethers carrying a good growth of wool made to $190/head. Merino rams sold to $100 and crossbred rams made to $70/head.