Livestock numbers well up at saleyards
BY TOMORROW afternoon, Grafton Saleyards will have seen the greatest number of livestock sold in a single week for a number of years.
Today's Feature Weaner Sale has more than 2000 head lined up for auction, and Tuesday's fat cattle sale saw more than 1500 cattle go through the yards.
Farrell McCrohon Stock and Station Agents principal David Farrell said this week was the busiest he'd seen at the Grafton Saleyards "since the Moy and Darby days".
"All the vendors are local and hopefully our buyers will be scattered throughout the state," he said.
Mr Farrell said it wasn't possible to predict the strength of prices at the weaner sale but he was hopeful for some strong competition.
"Tuesday's fat cattle prices were down a bit, but they were substantial," he said.
Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents director Ray Donovan said it was the largest he had seen it in a long time.
"It's been an excellent week," he said.
The two cattle markets have combined strengths with Friday's Grafton Horse Sale, which will also be held at the Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre.
"We will get about 200 horses through on Friday," Mr Donovan said.
Sixty horses are expected to be ridden through the sale, with the others being a variety of broken and unbroken horses.