CATTLE: There were extra numbers at Inverell this sale to yard 2350 a rise of 1400 head and cows were in the majority, bolstered by good supplies of young cattle a good number of these supplementary fed. There were also numbers of plainer conditioned cattle and this led to a cheaper selling trend for those categories. All the regular buyers attended and operated, along with good competition for re-stocker cows selling to the Central West of the state. Early weaned calves sold to dearer trends, heavier better conditioned drafts went over the scales, with many of the very light calves being sold open auction. Bucket calves from $70-$120 each. Depending on quality calves 90-170kg made up to $3.20. Plain quality steer weaners saw trends cheaper, up to 40c to re-stocker competition, conversely the better-quality heifer portion saw dearer trends, up by the same margin. Yearling steers to feed and re-stock also saw a price correction of 8c to 10c/kg. There was no change in the medium weight steers. Trade steers saw a rise in trends of 11c/kg . Light heifers saw a rise in trends of 16c, as well as the medium weights to 24c/kg better. Heavy steers to feed sold to a dearer trend of 16c/kg. Grain assisted steers at 450kg realising prices into the early $3.00’s. Grown heifers saw significant rises, with better quality pens being offered. Light cows to slaughter saw dearer trends of 22c/kg. Medium weight cows sold to the Central West of the state to similar trends of 22c/kg with 380kg to 430kg cows making up to $220. No real change in the medium trade cows but a lot of cows making $2.25 to $2.50. Heavy grain assisted D3 and D4 cows were moderately dearer, by 4c to 6c/kg with heavy cows realising prices into the $2.80’s . Depending on weight, bulls sold 14c to 24c/kg better in a slightly increased penning with 900kg plus bulls going into the early $3.00’s but most heavy bulls over $2.85.
SHEEP: There were extra numbers for Inverell this fortnight, with an emphasis on more sheep being offered to yard 3380 up by 780. There was a very limited supply of new season lambs, which made to $190/head. Light lambs sold to dearer trends, up to $7/head. Trade lambs also sold to a dearer trend from $150 to $155/head. Limited supplies of heavy lambs sold to a cheaper trend, while weight and quality of the extra heavy drafts sold to dearer trends. Hoggets sold to $160/head. Light ewes saw cheaper trends of $15/head, while the medium weight drafts saw dearer trends. Gain, weight and quality of the heavier drafts saw those categories significantly dearer. Conversely, the quality of the wether penning saw those drafts $10/head cheaper. Re-stockers operated on light drafts of Merino ewes.