CATTLE: Numbers reduced considerably to yard 1670, down by 925 head to include good supplies of grain assisted young cattle, with cows still in large numbers contributing to half the penning. Less numbers and a lift in quality through the young cattle contributed to a dearer trend throughout, although there were still numbers of plainer cattle available. These categories, however also saw dearer trends, with all the regular buyers competing, as well as a fresh feeder order. Light weaners saw rising trends with feeders and re-stockers competing strongly, with a general rise of 3 to 7c/kg. Some categories of the plainer offering saw rises of as much as 40c/kg. Light yearling steers sold to dearer trends of 45c, while the heavier drafts were also dearer by 15 to 17c/kg. Trade steers saw a rise of 20c/kg. Yearling heifers sold to dearer trends of 15 to 26c/kg, due to a general lift in quality, with drafts of grain assisted cattle available. Grown steers also saw an improvement in weight and quality to sell to a dearer trend, with the heifer portion up to 20c/kg better. Light cows to the re-stockers sold 10c better, with medium two score cows selling to dearer trends of 14c/kg. A limited penning of heavy cows saw average rises of 6c/kg. Export bulls saw a 15c rise, while bulls to slaughter sold up to 30c/kg better. Next cattle and sheep sale Tuesday 28th.
CATTLE: Numbers increased slightly to yard 2595 head, with cows again in the majority contributing to over half the penning. They were mainly plainer quality, as was the balance of the offering. Young cattle were well supplied, with drafts of grain assisted cattle offered. Cow processors operated on a restricted basis processing-wise, with more interest taken by them in purchasing cows on a feeder basis, as re-stockers competing strongly on light cows back to the paddock. Light re-stocker weaners saw cheaper trends of 25c to 30c/kg, quality related. Light yearling steers to restock saw decreases of 25c, while the medium weight drafts were also back 25c, as the trade took the better drafts, these seeing a cheaper trend up to 22c/kg. Light heifer yearlings to feed were substantially cheaper, again quality a major factor, with a lot of purchases made well under the 200c/kg mark. Medium heifers to feed were mainly 45c to 55c/kg back. No grown steers to quote, however, grown heifers were included in the cheaper trends, with 3 scores 11c/kg back. Light 1 score cows saw cheaper trends, even with good competition from re-stocker and feeder interest. 2 score cows sold to cheaper trends of 15c to 20c/kg. Quality and less weight saw the best cows ease up to 30c/kg. Exporters were busy in the bull market, but that category also sold to cheaper trends.
SHEEP: As of 9pm Tuesday evening there was no MLA report available however heavy grain fed dorper lambs made to $220, Rob and Justine Aitken at Bundarra sold 47.5kg xb lambs $166, (previous sale 50kg same lambs $165) very light store lambs $60, 20-22kg CWT merino ewes with good 2” skin ,made $140. Bare shorn xb ewes 25kg CWT $100-$130.
CATTLE: Numbers were similar this week than previous sale with agents yarding 2245 head, with light rainfall through the local district by no means a drought saver. Cows dominated the penning, contributing half the numbers offered. Young cattle were well supplied, although there were large numbers of plainer quality cattle in the yarding. There were limited numbers of heavy feeder steers offered, and these saw dearer trends throughout. All the regular buyers attended and operated in a predominately dearer market. Light steer and heifer weaners saw improvements from 14c to 19c/kg, with re-stockers strong in the plainer types. Yearling feeder steers saw dearer trends of 8c, while medium weights sold to a dearer trend of 14c/kg. Heavy feeders over 400kg also saw an improvement in the market by 19c/kg. Light yearling heifers sold to a dearer trend of 8c/kg. Heavy feeder heifers improved by 23c, although similar heifers to the trade saw cheaper trends of 4c/kg, owing to a quality variation. An improvement in quality saw heavy grown heifers sell 6c/kg dearer to the trade. Light cows to re-stockers saw significant increases, while very light 1 score cows also saw improved prices to go onto feed. Medium trade cows were 9c dearer, while heavy cows saw trends improve by 14c/kg. Exporters once again contributed to an increase in the bull market, with the best bulls selling to 249c/kg.
Cattle: Inverell penned 358 extra to yard 2,330 mixed cattle from two weeks ago. It was a mostly plain quality penning, but included some well presented lines of weaners and yearling cattle, as well as drafts of grain assisted pens. Cows again dominated the yarding, with close to 1,000 head penned. All the regular buyers attended, with some processors putting cows onto feed. Weaner steers saw dearer trends, with quality improving to see averages up by 20c/kg. Heifers also seeing trends improve by 30c/kg. Light yearling steers saw firm trends, with medium weight drafts improving up to 30c/kg. A better presented offering of heifers also experienced dearer trends of 30c/kg. A lift in quality also saw heavier heifers making to 20c/kg dearer. Grown heifers to the trade saw firm trends, while there were no steers to quote. Re-stocker interest saw a lift of 17c/kg in the light cow market. Medium weight cows experienced firm trends. 3 score cows, while not the quality of last sale, still saw firm trends throughout. Live export competition underpinned the bull market and these saw firm trends from last day.
Sheep & Lambs: Numbers and quality lifted to see 5,918 sheep and lambs. The regular buyers attended to a significantly dearer market throughout. Re-stockers operated, but were subdued by those rises. All lamb categories sold to dearer trends, with the light grades seeing a modest rise of $3 to $10/head. Trade lambs saw rises of $15 to $20, while the heavy weights sold to dearer trends of $11/head. The extra heavy lambs saw quality and weight improve, the top money to $240, $40/head up on the sale two weeks ago. Hoggets sold up to $9/head better. Light ewes saw dearer trends of $18/head, with re-stockers active, but subdued. A rise of $20/head occurred through the medium weight ewes, with a noticeable lift in quality. Heavy ewes sold to dearer trends of $25, with the heavy wether portion seeing substantial rises, the tops selling to $240/head.
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.