Stock numbers on the wane at Lismore sale

FOLLOWING a few days of rain a smaller yarding of 375 cattle were sold at Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday.

Butcher vealers and restocker steers were the highlights of the sale.

Grain-assisted angus yearlings off Andrew Matthew's Nashua property sold for $2.48/kg, returning $785. Darby Tickle's nine-month-old simmental steer off the river flats at Casino sold for $2.58 - $826 - to restockers to fatten locally.

Light and medium vealers were 5c/kg cheaper than last week with most selling in the $2.15 to $2.28 range.

The cow market was in general cheaper but returns still looked good.

The top beef cow, belonging to John and Anne Thompson of Clunes, sold for $2.02/kg, or $1273.

The best dairy cow sold for $1.96/kg, returning $1402.

It is getting to the time of year when numbers usually start to decline and following widespread light rain in the west the big yardings will be a thing of the past.

There's plenty of optimism in the cattle industry and producers are watching market trends with great expectation.

Don't forget the end of financial year cattle sale tomorrow, from 10am at the saleyards.

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