Inverell Livestock Report 20th October 2020

CATTLE: Numbers were up slightly by 77 head for a yarding of 1,130 . Young cattle made up a large percentage of the yarding, with a small offering of cows this week. The yarding of young cattle consisted of a good supply of yearling steers and heifers in well finished 2 and 3 score condition with most cattle coming off crop. There was a small number of light weight yearlings offered, with most in the heavier weight ranges. Quality was very good with mainly runs of well-bred cattle offered. Feeder and background buyers operated very strongly and keen to acquire cattle, resulting in a very strong market. There was only an odd sale of yearlings that went to the trade at recent good prices. Feeder steers were 3c to 4c dearer ranging from 380c to 422c, 500kg + to $4.05, 450-500kg to $4.15 with re-stockers topping over 500c/kg. 180-220kg steers to $5.06. Feeder heifers were up to 10c dearer in places ranging from 363c to 416c/kg. 450-480kg to $3.65 depending on teeth, milk tooth heifers 350kg to $3.98, 320kg milk tooth hfrs $4.16, a pen of fresh Angus hfr weaners 260kg $4.37. The yarding of export cattle consisted of a few pens of grown steers and a good penning of heifers and while cows were in fair numbers, overall, they did not equal the quality and yield of last week. Demand remained strong with grown steers (a pen of a mix of 2/4/6 Tooth XB’s) selling to a top of 398c, while the heifers sold to a top of 358c/kg. The cow market held firm with 3 score medium weights averaging 294c and heavy cows sold to a top of 315c/kg. The outstanding run of heavy bulls sold to a top price of 339c/kg.

Inverell Livestock Report 6th October 2020

CATTLE: Numbers increased by 117 head to offer 755 mostly good quality cattle. There were drafts of yearling steers through the penning which showed a lack of quality and these sold to cheaper trends. Most exporters operated to a much improved cow market. The regular re-stocker and feeder buyers competed through a varying market with feeder steers and heifers selling to dearer trends for the most part, 350-400kg steers to $4.40. Limited late weaners sold to dearer trends, the better-bred steer calves seeing dearer trends of up to 40c, the heifer portion also dearer with a rise of 34c/kg. The light plainer conditioned yearling steers saw a cheaper trend of up to 30c/kg. The medium and heavy feeders sold to rises of 5c/kg. Light re-stocker heifers sold to dearer trends of 17c/kg. Medium weight feeder heifers were dearer, up 27c/kg. Good drafts of supplementary and grain assisted trade cattle saw dearer trends throughout. Heavy grown steers to processors saw a rise of 10c, conversely the heifer portion slipped in value back 8c/kg, 500kg + steers $3.65 -$3.88 depending on teeth and type, heifers 500 kg + 0/2T $3.55 c/kg. All cow categories improved their value. Light cows were up to 16c/kg better. Heavy D2 and D3 cows saw trends rise 7c to 16c/kg. 500kg + $2.90-$3.14 c/kg. Re-stockers pushed limited numbers of lighter cows back to the paddock. Store cows 400-460kg $2.75. Bulls also saw slightly dearer trends up 4c/kg. Heavy bulls to $3.18.                                 Goats: Quotes are around the $9.00 cwt, call us for grid weights and prices.

Inverell Livestock Report 22/09/2020

CATTLE: Numbers decreased by almost half to yard 260 head of which all categories reduced except for bulls which increased to 40 head. There was a good selection of well bred, forward conditioned yearling steers suitable to both processors and feeder operators. All the regular operators attended along with the return of a major exporter. Light steers to background and feed sold to significantly dearer trends as did the heifer portion with prices rising 16 to 18c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers sold to an easier trend, lack of numbers a factor. Conversely the heavy drafts, many grain and crop assisted sold to dearer trends of up to 9c/kg. Limited numbers of feeder heifers resulted in a cheaper trend, easing 25c/kg in places. Isolated sales of medium weight trade heifers improved as much as 25c/kg. Grown steers sold to a cheaper trend while the heifer drafts sold to improved values, up 22c/kg. Medium weight cows were dearer selling to rises of 11c/kg. Well-presented pens of heavy cows saw a slight easing in the market, back 7c/kg. 620-670kg cows to $2.85c, 400-450kg store cows $2.40-$2.55. A large bull offering saw that category sell to much improved values up 17c/kg. 1000kg bulls to $3.08.

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.

Inverell Livestock Report 8/09/2020

CATTLE: Numbers increased to yard 750 head of a rather mixed quality penning being offered. Trends reduced through the young cattle, both steers and heifers, to see backgrounders and re-stockers fill the gap, sending drafts of both better quality and plainer types back to the paddock and on to crop. Feeder operators competed to cheaper trends, although the gap not as much as in the re-stocker categories. Most but not all processors were in attendance and operated to firm and slightly dearer trends in the heavy categories. Light and very light yearling steers sold to cheaper trends of 15c to 27c/kg. Light feeders experienced cheaper trends, back 16c/kg. Medium and heavy feeders back 8c to 11c/kg. The heifer drafts sold to similar trends for the restock categories, light weights significantly cheaper, while the plainer drafts sold back to crop fatteners to finish. Medium weight heifers to the feed lot sold to cheaper trends of 4c to 7c/kg, the gap not as severe compared to the re-stocker categories. Grown steers, in general sold to a cheaper trend, although the heavier drafts saw a rise of 9c/kg. The heifer’s drafts, however, saw falls of 10c/kg for feeders. Light and medium weight cows sold to cheaper trends. Heavy D3 cows were firm, while the heavy weight D4 drafts sold to a slightly dearer trend. Bulls sold to cheaper trends of 19c/kg due to a lack of processor competition.

Inverell Livestock Report 25th August 2020

CATTLE: There was a slight increase in the mixed quality offering, to yard 533 head with most young cattle coming off crop. Cow numbers reduced marginally. Not all the exporters were present, but all other re-stocker, and feeder operators were present and competing. A reduction in quality saw yearling steers under 280kg slip in price by 40c/kg to re-stockers, conversely the drafts over 300kg were of better quality and sold to dearer trends of 22c/kg. Medium weight steers to feed saw only a marginal change in price. Yearling heifers under 280kg also experienced a very slight rise in price, and feeders over 300kg sold to dearer trends of 7c/kg. Medium weight feeder heifers were cheaper by 16c/kg. There were minimum numbers grown cattle offered, with heavy steers to the trade back 26c/kg. The heavy grown heifer drafts sold to a dearer trend of 20c/kg. Light weight cows were dearer and sold to 14c/kg better. The medium weight cows sold to cheaper trends of 8c/kg. The heavy weight D3 cows saw a price correction of 12c/kg . Re-stockers pushed depastured cows to 310c/kg. The best of the heavy weight bulls made to 324c/kg.

Inverell Livestock Report 18/8/2020

CATTLE: Numbers increased slightly to offer 482 head with a good selection of heavy weight cows, along with yearling steers and heifers with a large number of these off crop. There were only three exporters operating, however there was good competition from the regular backgrounders and feeder operators. Light weight steers to re-stockers experienced substantial price rises, as did the lightweight heifer drafts, with improvements of 26c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers saw a price fall by 10c/kg, and the heavy weight feeders were back in price considerably. Light weight feeder heifers sold to cheaper price trends to ease by 23c/kg. Medium weight feeders sold to significantly dearer price trends, with a spike in the quality. Trade heifers sold to a mostly cheaper price trend throughout. The limited number of grown steers were too small in numbers to quote. Grown heifers to feed sold to a dearer trend of 31c/kg. Medium weight cows sold to a slightly cheaper trend to be back by 6c/kg. The D3 heavy weight cows sold to 301c/kg. While the D4 cows experienced a drop of 14c/kg. Heavy bulls sold to 316c/kg.

SHEEP / LAMBS: Numbers fell significantly to pen 1,000 lambs and 236 grown sheep. Lamb quality was very good, with an offering of well finished heavy lambs as well as a good selection of trade lambs. The latter sold to dearer trends, while the heavy lines sold to mostly cheaper trends. All the regular buyers attended and operated. Trade lambs saw improved trends to be $4/head better. Heavy trades sold to cheaper trends easing from $7 to $9/head. Heavy Dorper lambs saw firm trends, while the crossbred lines sold to $6/head back. 55-58kg lambs $150-$160, 50kg lambs $135-$140 and 45kg dorper lambs $135-$140. Extra heavy lambs saw a cheaper trend by $8/head. Hoggets were only marginally cheaper and ram lambs sold to $150/head. Medium weight ewes sold to a cheaper trend of $10, heavy ewes back $13, with best cross bred ewes to $150/head.



Inverell Livestock Report 21/7/2020

CATTLE: Numbers were well down by 390 head from last sale to yard 473 head of cattle, consisting of a good supply of yearlings a few pens of grown steers and heifers, while cows were in fair numbers. Quality of the young cattle was good with most steers and heifers off crop. Competition remained strong with re-stocker weaner steers selling to a top of 430c, while feeder steers held firm selling to 397c and re-stockers to 423c/kg. Cross-bred feeders 380-420kg $3.90-$4.05, 300-330kg backgrounders $4.00-$4.30. Feeder heifers were up to 20c dearer in places selling to 378c, and trade heifers reach a top sale of 388c/kg. 4T heifers 400-450kg $3.20-$3.50.  The yarding of export cattle saw prices hold firm for grown steers selling to 383c, while heifers gained 14c selling to 353c/kg. The cow market improved as did quality with several pens of high yielding caws offered. Medium weight 3 score cows $2.70-$2.85 averaged 268c, and heavy cows reached a top price of 287c/kg. Best of the heavy bulls sold to 328c/kg.

SHEEP: No MLA report at time of printing but heavy mutton from $175 to $190 but most medium weight mutton $125-$150. Lambs may have struggled to hold firm compared to last sale but 60-65kg lambs $188-$198. One exceptional pen of 80kg lambs made $240. Medium weights 45-51kg $145-$170 re-stockers pushed 30-35kg store lambs to $90.

GOATS: Contact me for rates v weights but light caprine $10.50- $11kg cwt.


Inverell Livestock Report 7th July 2020

CATTLE : Numbers were back marginally (-149) this sale to yard 663, with cow numbers declining by almost 50%. Young cattle numbers  remained similar to last week. All processors were present, although not all operated. Feeder and re-stocker operators competed in a mostly cheaper market. Weaner steers saw price trends fall by up to 35c, and heifers however saw a rise of 13c/kg, all these two categories going back to the paddock. A lack of quality affected most of the yearling steers significantly, especially the feeder categories. Medium weight steers not so much to be back by 10c/kg. Light weight heifers to feed saw cheaper price trends to be back by 30c/kg, again quality affected. No change in the grown steers to slaughter, however the heifer portion slipped in price by 12c to 28c/kg. Light weight cows saw cheaper price trends of 19c, followed up by the medium weight cows dropping in price 6c/kg. There was a good offering of heavy weight cows that sold to a cheaper trend of 12c/kg.

SHEEP / LAMBS: Sheep and lamb numbers reduced by 1,081 to pen 450 lambs and 200 grown sheep. There was a good quality penning of both sheep and lambs. A major processor was absent, owing to renovations at that abattoir. All other buyers were present and operating to a much cheaper market. Trade lambs sold to cheaper trends of $12 to $27, similarly heavy trades sold to cheaper trends of $16 to $30/head. Heavy lambs were significantly cheaper, while extra heavies topped at $200, $38/head back. Hoggets sold to $130/head. Medium weight crossbred ewes sold to $130 while wethers sold to as much as $50 to $60/head back on last day.

GOATS: With numbers being in decline for some months there is a healthy c/kg rate at the moment, contact us for details.


Inverell Livestock Report 30/6/2020

CATTLE: Numbers were like last sale with a slight reduction in the cow offering to yard 812 head in a fair to good quality penning of cattle.. The regular buyers attended on a day that saw cow sales firm on trends for most of that offering with only a few sales slightly dearer. Weaner steers and heifers saw dearer trends to re-stocker competition with the steers up 22c, the heifer portion experiencing a rise of 15c/kg. Yearling steers under 280kg sold to significant rises to re-stocker interest as did the feeder portion under 330kg. Younger type weaned steers out of the Bundarra area 270 kg made to $4.10, some lighter calves made to $4.60 but under or around the 200kg weight range and non-weaned. Medium weight steers to feed saw cheaper trends owing to a decline in quality which was back 7c/kg. Similarly, the heavy drafts of feeder steers sold to cheaper trends of 13c/kg. The yearling heifer drafts also saw a reduction in trends, the light feeders marginally cheaper, back 4c, with the medium weights down 9c/kg. The lighter drafts of grown steers to feed sold to a reduction of 15c/kg. Heavy grown heifers to the trade sold to a cheaper trend, back 20c/kg owing to a quality variation. PTIC 4-6 tooth hfrs around the 440kg to $3.60 to a re-stocker.  Medium weight cows saw only a token reduction in trends which may have been quality and weight related. Cows 380-420 kg made from $2.60-$2.72, heavy cows 660kg made up to $3.05. Bulls bringing early $3’s.

Sheep and lambs : Tuesday 7th July.