Inverell Livestock Report 13th August 2019

CATTLE: Numbers in Inverell reduced to yard 1860 down by a bit over 400.There was a large supply of weaned calves, over 400 head. There were less numbers of yearling cattle, with a good supply of cows penned. All the regular buyers attended and operated, with a return of a live export bull operator and strong competition from Southern store interests.  Weaned calves sold to 310c/kg to southern buyers. Producers are selling the next crop of weaners, an indication of the dire conditions of the selling area. Weaner steers saw cheaper trends of 7c, while conversely the heifer portion sold to a dearer trend of up to 25c/kg. Plain light yearling steers saw a cheaper trend of 10c to feeders, while medium weights to re-stockers and feeders eased from 9c to 11c/kg. Similarly, yearling heifers sold to cheaper trends from 13c to 15c/kg. Medium heifers sold to firm trends, while heavy heifers were 10c/kg dearer.  Heavy grown steers improved by 10c, as did the better conditioned grown heifers to processors, which improved 20c/kg. Plain light cows to re-stockers eased by 5c, with the medium weight D2 cows increasing up to 30c/kg. D3 and D4 cows saw increases from 10c to 18c and a live export bull order returned a 10c/kg increase for the heavy categories.



Inverell Livestock Report 6th August 2019.

CATTLE: Numbers declined slightly to yard 2273 down by 467 head from last week with quality and condition decreasing for the lighter drafts of younger cattle. There were, however, well-bred drafts of feeder cattle available, as well as good lines of heavy, well finished cows. All the regular buyers attended to a mixed market, with medium weight drafts of yearling steers showing dearer trends.  Weaner steers saw cheaper trends of 6c/kg, with the heifer portion selling to re-stockers on a firm basis. Light steers sold to cheaper trends of 17c/kg. The medium weight drafts saw a dearer market, up to 15c, with the heavy portion to feed increasing 5c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed saw cheaper trends of 7c to 12c/kg.  Limited numbers of heavy grown steers saw a rise of 14c/kg. The quality of the grown heifers eased, with drafts of C1 heifers to re-stockers selling to 151c/kg. D1 cows were back 7c, while medium weight D2 cows also sold to cheaper trends of up to 30c/kg. Heavy, well finished D4 cows saw a 10c/kg rise. Lack of live export competition in the bull market saw decreases of 30c/kg for that category.

SHEEP /LAMBS: Numbers decreased by 910 to yard almost 3700 with lamb weights reducing significantly, particularly on the heavy lamb categories, seeing these drafts sell to cheaper trends throughout while values remained static there were some weight variations seeing dearer trends in the heavy crossbred grades.  All the regular buyers attended, with good competition on re-stocker Merinos from the Central West of NSW. Light Dorper lambs saw small increases of $3/head. The light trade lamb weight reductions saw those categories ease by up to $30, with the heavy weight trade lambs selling to trends of $20/head cheaper. Heavy lambs saw price declines of $30 while extra heavy lambs topped at $230/head.  Hoggets sold to $230/head. Medium weight ewes sold to firm trends, while extra weight in the crossbred ewes saw dearer trends of $12/head. Again, extra weight in the crossbred wethers saw significant improvements in those categories, with sales to $245/head. Re-stocker competition saw Merino wethers make to $141/head. Rams sold to $150/head.


Inverell Livestock Market Report 30th July 2019

CATTLE: Inverell numbers increased significantly to yard 2740 head with young heifers penning almost one thousand, with a good selection of cows. An improvement in weight and quality saw grown and yearling heifers move to dearer trends. All the regular buyers attended, along with a return of the Southern buyers to operate on all categories.  Weaner steers saw a 10c/kg reduction, while the heifer portion sold on a firm basis. Medium yearling steers saw falls of 11c, heavy feeders topped at 324c to average 299c/kg and hold firm. Light heifers to re-stock were 14c better, with the odd sale of medium weight heifers 20c/kg better. Southern competition saw a mix of cattle purchased, including plainer conditioned weaners, yearlings and re-stocker cows.  Limited drafts of heavy steers sold to 274c/kg, while heavy feeder heifers saw dearer trends. Cows were mostly cheaper with D1 and D2 cows back 15c/kg. Medium weight cows saw falls of 20c and the D3 and D4 cows back 12c/kg. Bulls sold to 300c to average 267c/kg and substantially dearer. Next cattle and sheep sale Tuesday 6th August.


Inverell Livestock Market Report 23rd July 2019

CATTLE: Inverell numbers increased by 576 head to offer a mostly good quality penning to yard 2003 head. Young cattle were well supplied, as were cows, their numbers increasing to almost 1000 head. Trade yearlings were also in good numbers and saw a marked improvement in quality. Competition was strong from the usual panel of buyers, along with southern re-stocker competition on all store categories. Light re-stock weaner steers saw dearer trends of 30c, with the heifer portion also seeing rises of 13c to 20c/kg. Light yearling steers were 26c dearer, with the medium weight offering up to 6c/kg better. Heavy feeders saw trends rise by 8c/kg. Heavy heifers to the trade saw a 19c rise, with strong southern competition pushing the light end of the restock heifers to 9c/kg dearer.  Grown steers were in short supply, however, saw rises of 17c/kg for heavy feeder cattle. Grown heifers to the trade saw rises of 18c/kg. Light and medium weight cows to re-stock, again saw strong southern competition pushing values to 30c/kg better. D2 medium weight cows were dearer, as were the D3 medium weights, which saw rises of 26c/kg. The best D3 cows saw a rise of 20c/kg. Live exporters and processors competed to see bulls 7c to 17c/kg better. Best cow to $2.69kg. Bulls made into the $2.70’s.

SHEEP/LAMBS: Inverell penned less lambs and an extra 900 grown sheep to yard 4179 head.. The penning consisted of a very good yarding of heavy lambs, with a general improvement in lamb quality. This eventuated in a much dearer market, with all the regular buyers attending, along with extra re-stocker competition out of the Central West of NSW.  Light lambs to the trade saw dearer trends, while trade lambs saw rising trends of $10 to $25/head. Heavy lambs were also dearer, selling to $22/head better. Extra heavy lambs reached a top of $311 to average $297 per head, however, no comparison was available with no lambs of that weight here last sale. Heavy rams to $130 to average $100. Lambs around the 50kg seen prices range from $185 to $215.Light ewes were slightly dearer, while the heavy drafts saw trends of $14 dearer for Dorpers and over $20 per head better for first cross ewes. Crossbred wethers were substantially dearer, topping at $210/head.




Inverell Livestock Market Report 16th July 2019

CATTLE: Inverell penned slightly less numbers to yard 1427 head with a lift in quality for the yearling cattle particularly. The cow penning remained similar, also with a lift in quality and weight. All the regular buyers attended and competed strongly for most categories.  Weaner steers saw a slightly cheaper trend, with the corresponding heifers experiencing a correction of 12c/kg, seeing quality of the secondary drafts decrease. Light steer yearlings saw firm trends in the light drafts, while medium weights saw only a slight rise in trends. Light heifers to feed saw rising trends of 10c, as the medium weight drafts increased 18c/kg. Trade yearling heifers sold to dearer trends of 16c/kg.   No numbers of grown steers to quote, however grown heifers to the trade sold to 5c dearer, the corresponding heifers to process up to 12c/kg. Light D1 and D2 cows to process saw a 15c rise, with medium weights to 25c/kg dearer. The heavy D3 and D4 cows saw increases of 28c/kg. Live exports were active in the heavy bull market, which also saw some very plain quality bulls offered. Next cattle and sheep sale next Tuesday 23rd July.


Inverell Livestock Market Report 9th July 2019

Cattle: Inverell agents yarded 1,650 head, an increase of 270. The yarding consisted mainly of yearlings and cows, along with a good penning of grown heifers. The yarding of young cattle comprised some weaners, however there was a large percentage of yearlings offered. Quality was very mixed, with majority of the young cattle in plain condition, although there were several runs of well-bred steers and heifers through the sale.  Re-stocker competition was much stronger, with re-stocker weaner steers making to a top of 274c to be up by 30c/kg. The weaner heifers also gained some ground, reaching 252c/kg. Re-stocker and feeder steers were 15c to 20c dearer, as re-stocker steers topped at 290c, while feeder steers sold to a top of 309c/kg for well-bred steers. Feeder heifers improved by 7c, making to 238c, while the odd trade heifer sold to 259c/kg.  The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of grown heifers and cows, in a very mixed quality yarding, with very few well finished cows and heifers offered. Heifers sold up to 259c to processors, however there was a large percentage of plain conditioned heifers that went to re-stocker and feeders. The cow market was firm to slightly dearer, with light cows making from 62c to 167c, while 3 score medium weights averaged 199c and heavy cows sold to a top of 230c/kg.

Sheep / Lambs: There was a smaller yarding of 3,403 sheep, of which 1,951 lambs were offered. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights, and only a few pens of heavy lambs, while there was several consignments of light lambs through the sale. Quality varied with several pens of well finished lambs off crop or supplementary fed, however there was a fair number of lambs on offer showing some dryness.  The lamb market was down by $6 to $10 with not all the usual buyers fully operational. Trade lambs under 24kg/cw sold to a top of $190, while heavy and extra heavy lambs sold to a top of $248/head. There was a small supply of hoggets, and they sold to $160/head.  The yarding of mutton consisted of a mixed penning of ewes and wethers, with only a few sheep in full wool. Mutton followed a similar trend to the lambs, loosing ground, with ewes selling to a top of $177/head and wethers sold to $145/head.

Inverell Livestock Market Report 2nd July 2019

Cattle: Inverell numbers reduced slightly to yard 1380 down by 168 head, with cows down by half and a small increase in young cattle. This category lifted in quality and saw a generally firm to dearer trends throughout. Strong competition saw restocker cows sent to the Central West of NSW, along with drafts of light, young cattle to the Victorian Border. Victorian processors also sought heavy cows for slaughter. Queensland feeder interests were also active as they have been for the last several weeks.  Weaner steers saw firm trends, while the heifer portion sold to dearer trends of 6c/kg. Light yearling steers to feed saw dearer trends of 13c/kg. The medium weight drafts also experienced rising trends of 7c and the heavy drafts 17c/kg better. Victorian competition caused the better quality, light end young cattle to sell from 120c to 148c/kg. Medium weight heifers to the trade saw rises of 11c/kg.  Grown heifers experienced significant rises to the trade, however, heavy feeders saw cheaper trends of 6c/kg. Cows to feed and restock saw rises of 20c, while the medium weights to kill were up 11c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows saw dearer trends of 20c/kg. Live export competition returned to see rises of 15c/kg in the heavy bull market.

Inverell Livestock Market Report 25th June 2019

CATTLE:  There was an increase of 360 head in a mixed quality offering to yard 1548 head. Young cattle remained similar, but saw cow numbers rise to almost 700 head. A lift in quality in the young cattle penning and, in the cow, penning saw rising trends in those categories. All the regular buyers attended and operated, along with keen re-stocker interest in light, one score cows.  Some drafts of plainer, light weaners saw cheaper trends, while the better-bred offerings saw rises of up to 18c for steers and 10c/kg for heifers. Yearling steers to feed saw a 265c average and dearer trends of 15c/kg. Heifers were similar at 10c/kg better. Trade heifers averaged 224c/kg.  Grown heifers to slaughter sold 26c/kg dearer. One score cows sold to re-stocker competition, up to 154c, however averages on the lower categories saw trends fall by 11c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows rallied to sell to 20c dearer, the 3 scores were 28c/kg better. Heavy cows saw rising trends of 14c/kg. The best of the heavy bulls sold 9c/kg better.

 SHEEP: Similar numbers to a fortnight ago, yarding 5011 with lamb quality and weight lifting to see much dearer trends throughout the lamb offering. Grown sheep saw a similar lift in values, with heavy Dorper wethers selling to $276/head. All the regular buyers attended.  Light lambs saw trends rise to be $10 to $15/head dearer. Similarly, light trades lifted to values $20/head better. Trade weights saw prices of $20 better, with medium weight lambs to rising trends of $22/head. Lambs over 30kgs averaged $235/head. Hoggets made to $183 and averaged $150/head.  Light ewes saw a $21 rise, with the medium weight crossbred ewes to dearer trends of $24/head. Merinos were to $3/head better, with a drop-in weight. The best Merino wethers saw a $21/head rise, with a half-length skin. Heavy Dorper wethers sold to $276/head. Some local sales: Rob & Justine Aitken cross bred lambs 53.1kg $218 and Stein & Paulette Joyce cross bred lambs 50.5 kg $210.



Inverell Livestock Report 18th June 2019.

CATTLE: Numbers remained similar to last week to yard 1187 head with several pens of grain assisted young cattle available, however there were still numbers of plainer quality young cattle through the offering. Cow numbers continue to decrease, with a large number of light conditioned cows being purchased for the paddock. All the regular buying panel attended and operated.  Vealers and weaners saw cheaper trends, with quite a few of the younger cattle showing plain and light condition. The steer portion saw a 7c reduction, with the heifers to feed on back 20c/kg. Light, better quality yearling steers to feed sold to a dearer trend of 19c, as the medium weight category were up to 14c/kg dearer. Light weight yearling heifers to feed on sold to 18c better, however quality variations saw the medium weights sell to cheaper trends of 19c/kg. Trade heifers saw a reduction of 12c/kg.

Medium weight grown heifers to feed saw a rise of 4c, while the heavy portion to the trade saw cheaper trends of 13c/kg. Drafts of light 1 score cows saw rising trends of 16c/kg, with competition from re-stockers, some from processors to secure product for the future, others going north of the border to feed on. Medium weight cows to the trade saw cheaper trends of 15c/kg, while the heavy cows saw no changes to experience firm trends. An absence of the live exporters saw heavy bulls back 30c/kg

Inverell Livestock Market Report 11th June 2019

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.