300 cattle were sold at the Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday.
Prime vealers weighing from 200-260 kg topped at $3.10/kg but most sold in the $2.80-$3.00/kg range.
The overall quality of the weaner calves was poor and this was reflected in the price. Most steers sold from $2.80-$3.35/kg and heifers $2.80-$3.05/kg.
A good yarding of cows sold to good competition. Danny Lee, Keerrong, topped the day with a brangus cow selling for $2.24/kg returning $1513.
Secondary cows sold from $1.80-$2.05/kg and light store cows $1.60-$1.90/kg.
Some very good light feeder and weaner steers will be on offer as well as heifers and 200 cows with calves.
Sales returned for 2018 with 816 head sold.
Veal prices were strong, averaging 306.1c/kg, at an average weight of 250kg.
The veal market was topped by I&D Savins Veal with one head sold at $1,252.44.
Harms Partnership had the top cow price with one head at $1,827.66.
Friday was a Ramsey and Bulmer and T&W McCormack store sale.
It was an exciting time for the NRLX with the opening of phase one of the new roofed and soft floor area.
There were 1573 head sold, with the average price for the sale of $1,068.50/head, which was also the top price for the sale.
Bullocks averaged 218.2c/kg, top 218.2c/kg.
Bulls averaged 192.1c/kg, top 227.2/kg.
Cows averaged 184.6c/kg, top 225.2c/kg.
Heifers averaged 232.5c/kg, top 243.2c/kg.
Steers averaged 236.8/kg, top 262.2c/kg.
Vealer averaged 306.1c/kg, top 398.2c/kg.
Yearling averaged 174.8c/kg top 248.2c/kg.
Sheep and lambs
There were increased supplies in both the sheep and lamb offerings.
There was a good selection of both young and old lambs, showing quite a variation in finish.
All the regular orders were in place with all buyers catered for.
Despite the extreme heat, restockers were active on the light weight young lambs, with prices showing little change from pre-Christmas levels.
Demand for well finished trade weight lambs was solid, while the market showed a firm to slightly cheaper market trend.
The better quality lambs were least affected.
Heavy lambs were in good supply with buyers competing strongly.
The market remained firm on the previous sale.
There was a large variation in both weight and finish through the sheep penning.
There were quite a few dorpers penned along with a fair percentage of merino sheep carrying reasonable skin length.
Once again demand was solid for a market that saw trends generally firm on the previous sale.
As to be expected, there was an increased penning to start sales for the year. Young cattle made up the bulk of the offering with the hot dry conditions putting a good supply of early vealers and weaners onto the market. Medium and heavyweight yearlings were also well supplied.
There were limited supplies of heavy grown steers and heifers, while cows were in fair numbers. Not all regular buyers were in attendance, however there were more than the pre-Christmas sale.
Given the increased numbers and the opportunity to purchase, demand and competition increased.
These factors, along with some quality improvement, saw the market for all classes of young cattle compare favourably to the last sale. Restocker competition from areas where the season is a little better saw the weaner steers sell as much as 18c/kg dearer. The heifer portion also experienced strong gains.
There were fewer numbers at the opening Inverell sale for 2018. Yearling numbers reduced by 400 head, while all other categories were static on pre-Christmas numbers. Quality was mixed, but good lines of feeder cattle came forward and competition was strong with the usual feeder orders present. All but one processor were present and active. Vealers were in short supply, but trends were cheaper. There were no steers last sale day and heifers were 10-12c/kg easier.
Quality was poor early in the sale and yearling steers showed cheaper trends, however, as the sale progressed quality improved to see steers show firm to dearer trend of 7c/kg for the light feeders. Medium weight steers improved to sell 10c dearer and the heavy weights were 3c/kg better. Most steers filled feeder and restocker orders. Light heifers sold to slightly cheaper trends, medium weights sold 6c/kg easier to feeders and minimum numbers sold to the trade.
Sheep and lambs
Inverell penned 1200 lambs and 1700 grown sheep, including dorpers -1440 head less than last sale day. There was an overall reduction in price, however dry weather and quality were major factors in the decline. All the regular buyers were in attendance and operating.
Limited numbers and a decline in quality of young lambs resulted in cheaper prices for these categories.
There were some very good pens of crop assisted lambs. This resulted in prices firm to slightly cheaper on last day.
Heavy lambs showed cheaper trends of up to $10/head easier on pre-Christmas sales. Old trade lambs showed cheaper trends of up to $11/head. Restockers pushed first cross ewe hoggets to $160, while trade prices eased $10-$15/head.
Casino penned 1290 mostly good quality cattle, comprising 1100 butcher veal and restocker calves, along with about 100 cows and a limited assortment of grown cattle and yearlings. Butcher veal was of good quality, however trends were back for most categories. Two processors are still on break, but all other regular buyers were present.
Butcher veal opened to cheaper trends of 10-13c to make from 282-313c for steers, while the heifer portion made 289-314c/kg.
Vealers were back by 9-11c for steers, while heifers sold to cheaper trends of 6-10c/kg.
Restocker steer calves topped at 366c, making 282-366c/kg.
The heifer drafts sold from 304-341c to be 6-10c/kg cheaper.
Quality variations were a factor in some of these cheaper sales.
Medium feeder steers sold firm making 290-315c/kg.
At the time of reporting, only a few cows had been sold, making 218-231c/kg.