Inverell Livestock Report 15th September 2020

CATTLE: The offering reduced to a little over a half from last week to offer touch over 400 head with all categories experiencing lower numbers. There was limited export competition, the regular re-stocker and feeder competitors attended and operated, with many of the young cattle showing dearer trends. The plain, lighter types contributed to a cheaper trend through those categories. Light steers to feed and re-stockers sold to cheaper trends, plainer types contributing to the change. The medium and heavy feeder drafts sold to rises of 17c/kg. Light heifers to go onto crop saw a dearer trend of 10c/kg, while the feeders sold to firm trends. Medium weight feeder heifers sold to dearer trends, up 10c/kg. Grown steers and heifers sold to dearer trends, with medium weight steers up to 24c better, the trade steers were up by 28c/kg. Grown heifers to the trade sold to rises of 24c/kg. The cow market varied with light cows to 5c/kg back, quality and temperament related. Heavy D2 cows reduced 4c, while the heavy D3 cows were marginally dearer up by 4c/kg. An improved bull market saw heavy bulls rise by 19c/kg to reach $3.08 with an extra buyer in attendance. SHEEP / LAMBS: Numbers declined to 1,338 lambs and 629 grown sheep. It was a very well-presented offering, with an emphasis on a large selection of heavy lambs being available. There was not a big penning of grown sheep, but plenty of weight available. All the regular buyers were present and operating. Light lambs to the processor eased $7/head, with just a slight combination of quality and weight a factor. Trade Dorper lambs, however sold to dearer trends of $3 to $7/head, presenting with good pens of shorn lambs. Trade cross bred lambs sold to firm trends. Heavy lambs also sold trends of $11 to $12/head dearer. The extra heavy lambs saw significantly dearer trends making gains of up to $27/head. Hoggets sold from $165 to $180/head. Medium weight ewes eased by $12/head, heavy ewes were firm and ewes over 30kg saw weight and quality sell to slightly dearer trends. Heavy wethers were firm and extra heavy wethers saw a dearer trend owing to extra weight in the consignments.  GOATS: Rates continue to hover around the $8.50-$9.00kg mark with one processor offering $9.60 on specific weights, contact us for grids.

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