Cattle: Inverell Agents yarded 1,972 head, easing by 790. Numbers decreased for most categories of cattle, although there was a good supply of young cattle and over 900 cows were sold. The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of yearlings, along with a small offering of weaner steers and heifers. Quality was plain, however there were a few runs of well finished supplementary fed cattle offered. The largest percentage of the yearlings were in the lighter weight categories, and in plain 1 and 2 score condition. Competition was weaker, with a few less buyer orders, and plainer quality also contributed to the harder market. Re-stocker weaner steers eased by 14c, topping at 222c/kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers were 20c to 30c cheaper, with medium weight feeders receiving from 218c to 265c, while heavy feeder steers sold to a top of 281c and re-stocker steers topped at 252c/kg. Re-stocker and feeder yearling heifers experienced the greatest decrease to be 30c to 40c cheaper, while feeders sold from 152c to 220c/kg. The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, along with a fair number of grown heifers and only a small penning of steers. Grown steers sold to a top of 275c/kg to feeders. Grown heifers topped at 239c/kg to processors. The yarding of cows consisted of large numbers of plain conditioned 1 and 2 scores, although there were several pens of medium and heavy 3 and 4 score cows offered. The market varied, with medium and heavy 3 and 4 score cows selling firm to slight dearer, however the plainer grade cows lost some ground. Plain conditioned cows to restock and feed made from 10c to 136c, while 2 score cows to processors averaged 168c, as the medium weight 3 scores averaged 193c and heavy cows sold to a top of 221c/kg. Some local sales Williamson & Stibbard cows $1.90c/kg 533kg $1012 and some lighter store cows $1.44 c/kg 436kg $628.
SHEEP & LAMBS: There was a yarding of 3,580 sheep, of which there was 1,333 lambs. The yarding of lambs consisted mainly of trade weights, along with several pens of heavy lambs, and a fair percentage of light lambs. Quality varied, with most of the heavy lambs being supplementary fed, while there were several consignments of light lambs mainly 1 and 2 scores. The market was fair to slightly dearer with the largest percentage of the light lambs going to Southern feeder and re-stocker buyers. Trade lambs under 24kg sold to a top of $169.50, while the extra heavy lambs sold to a top of $200/head. The top Dorper lambs reached $191 and hoggets topped at $180/head. The yarding of mutton continued to sell on a strong market, with ewes making to $180, with a mixture of full fleeced and bare skin sheep offered. Wethers topped at $140/head. Local sales: Kruger Farming Bundarra 36kg xb lambs $135 and 33.9kg xb lambs $110. Williamson Rural would like to wish that everyone has a safe and pleasant Easter break and for any bookings for next weeks sale I can be contacted on mobile.
Cattle: Numbers increased by 25% to yard 2762 head with the majority being cows, penning over 1,200 head. There was a large offering of plainer conditioned cows, with re-stockers taking the main thrust of numbers, up to 30% of the yarding. All the regular buyers attended and operated in a market that saw yearling steers sell to dearer trends, with only a few heifers seeing rising values.
Weaner steers saw dearer trends of 25c/kg to the re-stocker and background trade. A mixed heifer penning saw that category experience cheaper trends, apart from a select few re-stockers, making 40c/kg better. Light yearling steers to feed saw dearer trends of 40c, with the medium weights experiencing marginally dearer trends of 4c/kg, as did the heavier categories. Quality related price changes saw most heifer grades experience cheaper trends. Plain light heifers saw prices decrease 50c to backgrounder orders, as the medium drafts sold to cheaper trends of 20c to 30c/kg. Trade heifers were back 16c/kg.
Grown heifers saw cheaper trends of 13c/kg, with no grown steers to quote. Re-stockers gave strong competition in the light cow market, seeing firm trends throughout and taking 30% of the offering. Medium weight cows saw cheaper trends of 11c/kg. The better conditioned 3 and 4 score cows saw price changes of 12c/kg cheaper. Live exporters were present through the bull market, lifting that category by 22c/kg.
CATTLE: Numbers increased by close to 1,000 head to pen 2015 in total. This was made up primarily of cows that accounted for over half the penning. A good quality yarding of yearlings came forward and this category saw trends rise for both steers and heifers. All the regular buying panel attended and operated in a mostly dearer market. Included was an extra cow processor and feeder operator that returned after an absence. Limited weaners sold to firm trends, with vealers to the trade improving up to 40c/kg. Yearling steers saw improved quality and sold to dearer trends, while re-stocker and backgrounders saw rising trends of up to 40c/kg. Medium weight steers to feed sold 25c/kg dearer. Light heifers to feed also sold to dearer trends of 15c, with the quality drafts of medium weights seeing prices increase 50c/kg. Grown steers saw trends improve by 10c but heifers sold slightly cheaper by 5c/kg. Light re-stocker cows were dearer by 13c, while medium trade cows saw cheaper trends of 8c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows saw prices ease 18c to 21c/kg on the better grades. An increased bull penning saw that category rise for the heavy drafts by 20c/kg.
SHEEP & LAMBS: Lamb numbers were similar at 1,200 and grown sheep increased to 2,338 for an overall increase in numbers. Lamb weight and quality lifted throughout, leading to a marked improvement in trends, particularly for the heavy categories. Sheep values also improved, again for the heavy weights. All the regular buyers attended and operated in a rising market, with an extra re-stocker order for light Merino sheep. Light lambs to the trade saw dearer trends of $20, with trade lambs going to dearer trends of $20 to $30/head. Weight and quality saw trends rise, particularly for the heavy and extra heavy consignments, with prices up by $30 to $50/head. Pens of heavy hoggets experienced increases of $50/head. Grown ewes improved by $20/head for medium weights and similar for the heavy crossbred and Dorper ewes. Heavy wethers, by way of weight, saw increases of $50/head.
Cattle: Numbers were similar than last weeks offering that consisted of limited supplies of supplementary fed yearlings, along with a very useful penning of cows. The overall trends were dearer for any of the quality offering, although there were numbers of plainer quality cattle available. Cows saw significant rises throughout, owing to strong competition from a full field of buyers.
Weaners to backgrounders sold to dearer trends of up to 40c for the steer portion and 50c/kg for the heifer drafts. The trade vealers also sold to significant rises. Medium weight yearling steers saw dearer trends of 13c, and similar weight heifers sold to dearer trends of 20c/kg. The plainer drafts of steers and heifers still struggled to rise above the 200c/kg mark.
Grown steers were stronger by 12c, with the heifer portion also dearer, in excess of 50c/kg, purchased by the trade. Light cows were a standout with the trade taking substantial drafts, to see rises of 30c/kg. Cows to restock and feed saw similar rises, with some processors sending cows to the paddock to secure product for future use and feed operators endeavouring to finish cows for later turnover. Trends for 3 and 4 score cows rose in the order of 40c to 50c/kg. Heavy bulls saw rises of 40c/kg.
Cattle: Useful rain in the north of the state saw numbers reduce again this week, for a yarding of 1,100 head, a reduction of 360. The main reduction was in the yearling cattle and a few less weaners. Quality of the young cattle was very mixed, with several pens of well-bred steers and heifers through the sale, however there was also a fair number of plain conditioned cattle offered. There were limited numbers of yearlings and vealers suitable for processing. Competition was much stronger, with re-stocker weaner steers selling 40c dearer, topping at 230c, as weaner heifers sold to 180c, gaining 30c/kg. Re-stocker and background steers were up by 20c to 30c, reaching a top of 286c, while medium weight feeder steers were up to 60c dearer, making to 275c for an average of 246c/kg. Feeder heifers gained 20c to 25c, toping at 220c/kg. The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, with only an odd grown steer and a few pens of grown heifers. Grown steers sold to 253c and heifers made to 208c/kg. The yarding of cows consisted of several pens of 3 and 4 score medium and heavy weights, however, the largest percentage of cows sold were plain conditioned 1 and 2 scores. The market was very strong compared to last week’s sale, helped by an extra buyer entering the market that boosted prices up. Most cows sold from 30c to 50c dearer, with light 1 and 2 scores making from 96c to 126c, while 2 score medium weights averaged 171c/kg. 3 score medium weight cows averaged 183c, while heavy cows sold to a top of 206c/kg.
Sheep & Lambs: There was only half the number of sheep yarded in a total of 2688 head of which there was a yarding of 1,242 lambs. The good supply of lambs consisted of trade weights under 24kg, although there was a good run of heavy lambs over 24kg. Quality was mixed with a fair number of light weight 2 and 3 score lambs offered that went mainly to southern re-stockers, however there was several consignments of well finished lambs that were supplementary fed. All the usual buyers operated in a firm market with southern orders for light re-stocker lambs helping to keep the light end of the lamb prices up. Processors were active keeping the well finished lamb market stable at recent rates. Heavy lambs over 30kg cwt sold to a top of $210 and hoggets sold to $130/head. The yarding of mutton consisted mainly of ewes, along with several pens of wethers. Some sheep were carrying a good skin in a fairly mixed offering of mutton. Competition was strong which was in line with recent sales. The top price of the sale was for a line of Dorper ewes at $164/head.
CATTLE: There was a huge decrease in the number of cattle yarded at Inverell this week, totalling 1,460 head, a reduction of 2,400 head. The largest reduction was in the young cattle, with a few less cows. The yarding of young cattle consisted of a few pens of vealers and weaners, while yearling cattle were in fair numbers, with heifers in greater numbers. Quality was very mixed, with only an odd pen of cattle suitable for the trade, as the remainder of the vealers and yearlings went to backgrounders and feeder buyers.
The market varied with re-stocker weaner steers selling 8c cheaper, topping at 182c, while trade vealer heifers eased by 20c, reaching 158c/kg. Re-stocker and feeder yearling steers lost ground to be 10c to 20c cheaper, selling from 82c to 220c/kg. However, yearling heifers sold to a dearer trend, making from 87c to 181c, while trade heifers topped at 162c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle comprised mainly cows, with large numbers being sold off again this week. The largest percentage were showing the effects of the dry weather, falling into the 1 and 2 score fat categories, however there were some consignments of 3 and 4 score cows through the sale. Prices varied from 16c to 30c cheaper, with light 1 and 2 scores making from 68c to 120c, as the medium weight 2 scores averaged 119c, while 3 score medium weights averaged 146c, and heavy cows sold to a top of 180c/kg. The best of the heavy bulls made 209c/kg.
Cattle: Numbers increased by 1,000 head to yard 3889 and to create a new yarding level. Cows dominated, with 50% of the penning, as large numbers of young cattle came forward. Quality overall eased, in keeping with the season, although there were some very good pens of cows. Feeders were active, putting cows of varying condition onto feed. Feeder competition was also busy, with purchases of young cattle. However, competition overall was lacking, and the regular buying panel saw cheaper trends throughout all grades. Weaners to restock saw much cheaper trends for both steers and heifers. Yearling steers to feed also saw substantial decreases, anywhere from 15c to 40c for re-stockers and 30c/kg for feeders. Heifers fared much the same, with prices easing 25c to 55c/kg for feeders and re-stockers. Plenty of plainer conditioned cattle made under 100c/kg. Trade vealers made to 181c/kg. There were not enough grown steers or heifers for reliable quotes. There was good interest to put cows on feed, making from 30c to 140c/kg, encompassing various weights. Light cows to process saw prices ease 20c, with D3 and D4 cows easing 19c/kg. A large bull penning saw a rise of 12c for the better bulls, with feeders paying from 210c to 228c/kg for the better feeder bulls.
Sheep: Numbers reduced by 1,000 head, primarily from the lamb penning, with grown sheep similar to yard 5447 in total. There were no heavy lambs to speak of, although one heavy pen made to $180/head. Trade and light lambs made up the numbers to see a mainly cheaper trend emerge. Heavy sheep consisted mainly of crossbred and Dorper ewes, with light Merinos making up the balance of the grown sheep. The regular panel of buyers was present and operating. Light and trade lambs made up the bulk of the numbers, with the lighter drafts seeing cheaper trends of $10/head. Trade lambs also sold to cheaper trends of $8 to $10, with the medium weight lambs going $10 to $15/head cheaper. Plain conditioned hoggets made to $92/head. Light ewes saw cheaper trends of $10, with medium weights cheaper by $20/head. Heavy crossbred sheep made to $100/head, with heavy sheep seeing a very minimum offering. A pen of heavy crossbred wethers made to $110/head.
Cattle: Numbers yarded today totalled 2891 with an increase in yearlings and a reduction in cow numbers. The yarding for the most part remained plain in condition and quality, except for a limited number of trade milk calves sold in one pen, their dams in another. All the regular buyers were present to compete in a primarily cheaper market. With one exception of a show steer purchase reaching 360c, weaners saw cheaper trends of 17c, with re-stockers adjusting their prices by 13c to 16c/kg. Quality related price changes saw light yearling steers sell to cheaper trends to re-stockers, while medium weight steers sold to cheaper trends of 18c/kg. Heavy feeders saw dearer trends of 13c/kg, with a lift in quality and condition the factor. There were drafts of light, plain quality steers that made from 98c to 102c/kg. Light heifers to feed saw decreases of 16c/kg. Better quality medium weight heifers experienced dearer trends. Again, there were no numbers of grown steers and heifers to quote. Re-stocker interest in light 1 score cows was competitive, seeing prices rise to 6c/kg. Light trade cows also saw dearer trends up to 18c/kg. Conversely, medium weight cows saw slightly cheaper trends of 4c/kg. Heavy cows saw some price corrections of 6c, with the best B4 cows reaching 219c/kg. Another heavy bull penning saw a rise in that market of 25c/kg for the heavy bulls.
Next Cattle and sheep sale 5th March.
Cattle: Slightly less numbers yarding 2633, cows dominating the offering with 60% of the penning. Many vendors looking to downsize herds, with no apparent improvement in climatic conditions in the short term. Leading on from this, there was extra feeder and re-stocker interest on the lighter end, with processors putting cows away to secure product later down the track. Local re-stockers also looking to purchase at current values on the chance of a break in the weather. The regular panel of processors were present and active. Well-bred weaners saw dearer trends of 20c/kg, with light re-stocker heifers also dearer, seeing sales back to the paddock. Yearling steers saw cheaper trends of 7c/kg; however, medium weight steers were slightly dearer to feed. Quality related changes saw heifers sell to cheaper trends of up to 30c/kg. There were significant downward trends for medium weight heifers, again quality related. No numbers of grown steers and heifers for a reliable quote. Larger cow numbers saw cheaper trends throughout most grades. There was extra interest in cows to feed and restock, although some drafts of 1 score cows saw values of under the 100c/kg mark. Most of the lighter cows were 20c to 40c/kg back, with the better, heavy drafts only 6c/kg back. The very top of the cows sold to firm trends of 215c/kg. A large penning of bulls saw prices of 150c to 227c/kg.
Sheep: Numbers increased by 2,171, consisting of 2,816 lambs and 3,640 grown sheep. Lamb quality improved, with numbers of good trade lambs and a limited number of heavy lambs. There were larger numbers of light grown sheep offered, with some good lines of re-stocker young Merinos, as well as first cross ewes. All the regular buyers attended. Very limited supply of young lambs sold to dearer trends, with no comparison on the sale two weeks ago. Light lambs to the trade saw firm trends from last sale. Trade lambs saw average dearer trends of $3, while heavy trades also sold to dearer trends of $9/head. Heavy lambs sold to $180 and hoggets reached $130/head. Large numbers saw light ewes sell to cheaper trends of $11/head. Re-stocker were competitive on younger first cross ewes to $130 and competition for young Merino wethers reached $132/head. Heavy crossbred wethers sold to $150/head.
Cattle: Numbers increased by over 500, with Inverell agents yarding 2,961 head. The yarding consisted of large numbers of yearling cattle, and cows were also in greater numbers. The offering of young cattle was mixed quality, comprised of several runs of well-presented yearling steers and heifers, however there was a fair number of plain conditioned cattle through the sale. Competition was not as strong this week, as not all the usual feeder and re-stocker buyers competed in the market. Light young cattle attracted limited interest, resulting in re-stocker weaner steers easing 30c to 40c, topping at 259c, while weaner heifers were back by 20c to 50c, receiving from 110c to 190c/kg. Feeder steers were 18c to 23c cheaper for the medium weights, averaging 238c, while heavy feeders were less affected to average 255c/kg. The few trade yearling heifers sold from 189c to 264c/kg. However, light yearling heifers experienced a greater loss, easing up to 40c in places to make from 120c to 226c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle comprised mainly large numbers of cows and a small offering of grown steers and heifers. Grown steers sold slightly easier, topping at 261c to processors and up to 268c/kg for feeder steers. The mixed yarding of cows met a very inconsistent market, with heavy cows easing 7c, while medium weight cows were 13c to 28c/kg cheaper at times through the sale. Very light cows made from 30c to 154c, while 2 score medium weights averaged 267c, as 3 score medium weight averaged 173c/kg. Heavy cows sold to a top of 215c/kg.
Next sheep and cattle sale Tuesday 19th February and a combined agents store sale will be held 21st (Thursday) starting time 8.30am expected to be around 3200 cattle.