Livestock

Inverell Market Report 19th June 2018

Cattle: There was a larger yarding of 1,779 head, which was an increase of 750. The yarding consisted of a large percentage of weaners and yearling cattle, along with a good supply of cows. The yarding of young cattle consisted of many weaners, with heifers in the majority, steers were also well represented, and there was a good supply of yearling steers and heifers. Quality was plain with most of the cattle in plain 1 and 2 score condition, only an odd pen suitable for the trade. There were several runs of wellbred steers and heifers that were suitable for feeders and backgrounders.
The market for re-stocker weaner steers was slightly easier selling to a top of 248c, however re-stocker weaner heifers were 10c dearer topping at 258c/kg. Feeder and re-stocker yearling steers sold to an improved market selling to a top of 304c/kg for feeder steers. Feeder heifers were 10c dearer selling to 254c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows and a small penning of grown steers and heifers. Grown steers topped at 248c, and heifers made to 231c/kg. The yarding of cow consisted of several pens of medium and heavy 3 and 4 scores, however there was many plain conditioned 1 and 2 scores through the sale. The market improved by 6c to 10c with 1 and 2 score cows selling from 67c to 188c, while 3 score medium weights averaged 170c and heavy cows sold to a top of 210c/kg.                                                     Epping Past Co Pilliga cows 160c/kg 478kg $764* Louise Clark Walcha bulls 200.2c/kg 820kg $1642

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Inverell Market Report 12th June 2018

Cattle: This week saw 723 less cattle and quality lifting to yard only 1,029 head. There was a useful penning of weaners, along with good drafts of yearling steers and good supplies of well finished cows, although that category halved in number. Trends tended to the dearer side for most categories, with all processors present, as well as keen re-stocker interest and the usual feeder orders. Light steer weaners showed good improvements of up to 20c to re-stockers for backgrounding purposes, while heifer weaners increased 4c to 7c/kg for medium weights, again to re-stockers. A draft of heavier weight steer yearlings to feed saw those quality cattle sell to dearer trends of 26c, heavy weight steers improving 7c/kg, also to feed. Feeder heifers, too, saw dearer trends of 18c to 22c/kg. Grown steers sold to cheaper trends of 6c/kg, while the heifer portion saw dearer trends. Re-stockers stood off the light 1 and 2 score cows, these cheaper by 15c, while medium weight 1 and 2 score cows sold to local re-stockers, and the 3 scores averaged 173c/kg. The well finished 3 and 4 score cows saw dearer trends of 3c to 9c/kg. Bulls again sold to slightly cheaper trends, but with quality being a factor.

Sheep: There were 2,395 sheep and lambs less with 3,005 in total, consisting of 1,525 good quality lambs, with a good selection of grain assisted lambs available, as well as 1,480 prime grown sheep. All the regular gallery of buyers attended and operated.  Lambs under 18kg showed dearer trends of $3 to $5/head with limited numbers available. Trade lambs saw dearer trends of $10, while heavy lambs were $10 to $16/head dearer. Grain assisted extra heavy lambs showed dearer trends of $15/head. Hoggets sold to $120/head.  Light ewes sold to firm trends. Crossbred ewes also sold to firm trends on last sale, making to $165/head. Dorpers showed cheaper trends selling from $114 to $145, to be $20/head back on last day, however quality was a factor with the lesser sales. The best Merino wethers sold to $180, carrying a big skin, a $30/head gain on a fortnight ago. Other wethers also saw dearer trends. Local sales JF & AM Doak store lambs $100 * Rick & Jan Bowen dorper hoggets $88.

Inverell Market Report 5th June 2018

Cattle: There were 438 more cattle penned for what was a very plain quality yarding. Cows again dominated the numbers, accounting for 30% of the offering. Young cattle also increased in numbers and sold to a cheaper trend through all categories, particularly the younger grades. All the regular buyers attended except one and feeders operated to a price. There were several pens of young cows and their progeny yarded, which attracted competition from local re-stockers, with sales between $420 and $1,050/head.

Vealers and weaners in general sold to cheaper trends, averaging up to 45c/kg less. Trends varied slightly for the better-bred young cattle, with those weighing under 200kg were 9c/kg cheaper. Yearling steers to restock and feed sold to cheaper trends of 13c to 25c and the lighter heifer portion sold to similar trends, back 13c to 20c see averages of under 200c/kg. Quality slipped across all categories, with pens of late weaners showing the effects of the prolonged dry period.

Both grown steers and heifers sold to cheaper trends however were in limited numbers. Light, one score cows increased in numbers, with several drafts going back to the paddock at much reduced prices of 50c/kg. Medium weight cows also sold to cheaper trends, with the better 3 and 4 score cows down 11c to 14c/kg. A plain quality penning of bulls saw prices ease across the category.

Inverell Market Report 29th May 2018

Cattle: Numbers reduced by 618 to pen 1,314 mixed cattle. There was only a slight decrease in cow numbers, but young heifers reduced by as much as 60%. Quality for the younger drafts slipped somewhat, however, there were well finished pens of heavy trade steers available and these sold to dearer trends, as did a good selection of well finished, high yielding cows. The usual group of both processor and feeder buyers attended and operated. There was not a big change in values on the younger cattle, with some sales of the better types showing slightly dearer trends of 8c/kg. Similarly, medium weight yearling steers also saw dearer trends of up to 15c/kg to feed on. There were no other changes other than quality and breed variations. Middle weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 228c/kg, while the pens of light, plainer conditioned heifers saw cheaper trends. There was a good selection of heavy steers, these sold to strong trade competition, as did the well finished older heifers. Light one score cows sold to stronger trends of 18c/kg, with good numbers purchased by re-stockers. Mid-range 2 score cows were also dearer by up to 20c/kg, mostly taken up by the trade. The well-conditioned, high yielding cows were 10c/kg dearer. There were pens of suitable bulls available, however, that market saw cheaper trends on the day.

Sheep: Inverell penned 1,000 less sheep and lambs to total 2,500 lambs and 3,400 grown sheep. There were several good pens of heavy and supplementary fed lambs, along with some well-presented trade lambs. The larger penning of mutton consisted of heavy pens of Dorper , first cross and Merino ewes carrying big skins, as well as a heavy pen of Merino wethers. There were also lambs suitable for re-stockers. Several pens of Merino ewes went south to a re-stocker the regular buyers attended. The limited penning of extra heavy lambs saw cheaper trends of up to $20/head, but numbers were a factor. Similarly, other heavy lambs experienced the same problem. Trade lambs saw falls of $3 to $8head, numbers again a factor. Hoggets improved by $30/head, quality and numbers helping. Light sheep sold to slightly cheaper trends, while medium weights saw dearer trends of $6/head. Crossbred ewes sold to $164, Dorper to $165 and Merinos with a big skin made $110/head. The best Merino wethers sold to $146/head.

Inverell Market Report 22nd May 2018

Cattle: Numbers increased by 572 head to yard almost 2000 in total with cows showing the major increase to pen over 700 head. Weaners and young cattle numbers remained static. Quality was mixed with pens of 1 and 2 score cows available, and numbers of high yielding, well-finished cows were well supplied. There were drafts of well-bred young cattle offered, but these sold to mostly cheaper trends. The regular gallery of processors was present and lifted the heavy cow market. The usual feeder and restocker orders were also present, but with reduced competition.

Weaners to restock and feed showed cheaper trends of up to 30c to average 238c/kg. Yearling steers also sold to cheaper trends, although some sales of medium weight heifers sold to dearer trends of 15c/kg for the better types. However, some of the lighter types were hard pressed to remain firm to 15c/kg back.

There were no grown steers to quote, but pens of grown heifers remained firm for the better end. Light weight 1 score cows sold to slightly dearer trends of 5c, however light to medium weight cows saw reductions of 14c/kg. High yielding well-finished D4 types sold to dearer trends of 6c to 8c/kg. Bull quality improved and numbers doubled to sell to dearer trends.

Inverell Market Report 15th May 2018

Cattle: The number of cattle yarded increased by 400 for a total of 1,360 head. The main increase was in the young cattle section, with larger numbers of weaners and yearlings offered. Quality was mixed with mainly 1 and 2 score conditioned cattle, however there were several runs of well-bred weaners and yearlings through the sale. Most of the cattle were drawn from local areas and the Tablelands.  Buyers had a few more re-stocker orders this week, helping to improve prices especially on the better bred cattle. Re-stocker weaner steers gained 30c selling to a top of 284c, while the weaner heifers were up by 10c, selling to 235c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers held firm, selling to 267c for an average of 247c, while heavy feeder steers sold to a dearer market topping at 268c/kg. Feeder heifers held firm, although some sales struggled to hold firm. Medium weights averaged 231c, selling to 259c/kg.  The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, although there was a few more grown heifers and a small penning of steers. Grown steers sold to a top of 241c and the heifers topped at 235c/kg. The cow market improved, with processors showing more interest this week. Most sales were up by 10c to 15c with medium weight 3 score cows averaging 182c and heavy cows selling to a top of 203c/kg. Local sales-Doak Partnership Bundarra Bulls 180.0¢ 445kg $801.00

Sheep: A larger yarding of 4,900 sheep were penned, of which 2,182 were lambs. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights, several pens of heavy lambs and several light weight lambs offered.  Quality was good with several runs of supplementary fed lambs through the sale, while several lambs showed the effects of the season. The market overall was strong with most lambs selling to a slightly dearer market.  The larger penning of mutton consisted of some well finished medium and heavy weight sheep, in both the ewe and wether lots. There were several pens of mutton carrying a good skin, along with some shawn sheep. Competition was much stronger with prices $20/head dearer and more in places. Local sales- Debbie McCowan Bundarra Dorper Lambs 53.4kg $146.00 and Dorper wethers (mutton) $160

Inverell Market Report 8th May 2018

Cattle; The number of cattle yarded was down by 500 for a total of 960 head. Yearlings and cows made up the largest percentage of the yarding. The yarding of young cattle consisted of a fair penning of weaners, and yearlings were well supplied, with both steers and heifers well represented. Quality was very mixed with most cattle in plain 1 and 2 score condition, however there was several runs of wellbred cattle through the sale.  Buyers were very selective in their purchases, with plain conditioned and mixed bred cattle struggling to attract much interest. The market was generally easier with restocker weaner steers down by 30c, selling to 253c, while weaner heifers sold to a top of 220c/kg. Feeder steers were 14c cheaper to average 251c, topping at 269c/kg. Feeder heifers, however went against the market trend to hold firm, selling to 263c for an average of 241c/kg.

The yarding of export cattle consisted of a good supply of cows and a fair penning of heifers, while there were insufficient numbers of grown steers for a quote. Grown heifers held firm selling to 222c/kg. The cow market was down by 10c to 20c, with a large number of plain conditioned cows through the sale. Medium weight 3 score cows averaged 170c and heavy cows sold to a top of 187c/kg.

Inverell Market Report 1st May 2018

Cattle: There was a slight reduction in numbers this week, mostly in young females. Yearling steers remained static and cow numbers increased, particularly in the 1 and 2 score grades. The regular gallery of buyers attended, along with two extra store cow orders.  Weaner steers to feed showed dearer trends of 17c, light weaners also sold to dearer trends of 12c/kg. The best of the yearlings saw dearer trends of up to 16c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers were to 19c/kg better. Light weaner heifers to feed saw a reduction of 14c, however, both medium and heavy weight categories saw upward trends of 20c/kg.  Limited numbers and a lift in quality saw dearer trends for both grown steers and heifers. Steers appreciated 9c, with heifers, also in very limited numbers, saw rises of up to 40c/kg, quality having a marked affect. Queensland cow orders pushed plain cows into a dearer trend. Quality was again a factor and those cows saw upward trends of 50c/kg, with majority of sales going to Queensland. 2 score cows to the trade saw rises of 14c/kg. The better 3 and 4 score cows saw slightly cheaper trends of only a few cents. Bull trends were up, seeing those averages 8c/kg dearer. Local Sales- Doak P’Ship cows 190c/kg 720kg $1368- Wilmot Cattle store type XB Steers 246c/kg 371kg $925

Sheep: Inverell penned 2,000 lambs and 2,080 grown sheep, 1,500 less than a fortnight ago. There were not many heavy lambs, but they were good and sold to dearer trends. There were useful drafts of trade lambs, as well as light trade and restocker lambs. There were useful drafts of grown sheep, both ewes and wethers. The regular buying group attended and operated.  There was limited restocker competition on the light store lambs and these sold to dearer trends of $12/head. Light trade lambs also sold to dearer trends, while trade lambs sold to $8/head better. Heavy lambs also showed dearer trends of $10/head, extra heavy lambs were firm.  Light Merino ewes sold to dearer trends of $10, with first cross ewes making $82 and heavy weight sold to $130 to be $8/head dearer. Merino wethers also sold to dearer trends of up to $28/head, for wethers with a big skin. Heavy Dorper ewes were firm. Local sales: JF AM Doak ewes $70 and cull merino rams $75.

Inverell Market Report 24th April 2018

Cattle: Numbers at Inverell reduced by 677 to 1,510 head of very mixed quality cattle. Prices again saw an easing trend, principally for the plainer quality categories, which owing to the weather were in greater numbers. All but one exporter attended, along with the usual feedlot orders. The continuing dry weather resulted in this plainer quality yarding. Lighter weaners purchased by re-stockers were back 7c to 16c/kg, while a pen of well bred steer calves saw prices equal to last week, they were the only exception. Yearling steers saw a general reduction in price, again with plainer types were up to 40c/kg back for drafts going onto feed or background. Trade heifers also experienced cheaper trends of up to 40c, quality having an effect, but a general easing of the market saw cheaper trends of medium weight yearling heifers easing by 17c to 28c/kg. Grown steers resulted in cheaper trends, quality and weight a factor, with some very light weight steers being offered. Heifers, similarly, showed cheaper trends of up to 46c/kg to the trade. Very light cows averaged 67c to 72c, while light two score cows were 11c/kg back. The best D3 and D4 cows were 12c to 16c/kg cheaper. Bulls sold to firm trends.

Inverell Market Report 17th April 2018

Cattle: There was a reduction in numbers and quality, for a penning of 2,187 mixed cattle, 690 less. Cows again saw big numbers contributing 30% of the penning, along with a good selection of young cattle, these principally going to the feeder and re-stocker orders. There was a full complement of processors and the usual feeder and re-stocker interest. Except for a few pens of well-bred young steers, which stood firm, most steers saw cheaper trends of 19c for the medium weights with plainer types up to 30c/kg back. The best trade yearlings were back 9c/kg. Light, plainer conditioned heifers sold to cheaper trends of 21c/kg, many going to background situations north of the border. Heavy weight heifers to the trade sold to dearer trends of 7c/kg. Grown steers sold to cheaper trends of 17c/kg, with the heifer portion much the same at 15c/kg back. There was limited re-stocker interest in the D1 cows, and these, along with D2 light cows were 16c to 20c/kg back. The top end of the D3 and D4 cows sold to cheaper trends of 14c/kg, the overall reduction 7c/kg back. Bulls sold to slightly cheaper trends. Local sale Doak P’Ship bulls 215c/kg 705kg $1517

Sheep: Inverell penned 1,660 lambs and 3,900 grown sheep, including Dorpers. Heavy lambs were in limited supply, while there were good supplies of light trade and trade lambs. Re-stockers showed keen interest in Merino ewes to go south, with limited interest also in light lambs. All the regular buyers were in attendance.  Light lambs 16-18kg saw sales of $35 to $87, mostly to re-stockers, while light trade lambs sold from $90 to $105/head. Heavy trades sold to $127/head. Medium weight lambs sold from $130 to $148/head. Heavy and extra heavy lambs sold from $148 to $178/head. As there has been no report for the last month, these comparisons on all grades show cheaper trends from that period. Cross bred ewes topped at $136, to make from $112 to $136, with Dorpers making $130, and Merinos $30 to $78 for re-stockers and $45 to $115/head the trade. Crossbred wethers made to $115, the Merino drafts to $150 and made from $118 to $145/head. Again, these reflect cheaper trends from a month ago.