STRONG competition for stock bolstered prices across the board at Inverell Regional Livestock Exchange (IRLX) Sheep and Lamb Sale on Tuesday.
Tom Oakes, CL Squires & Co, said it was an excellent sale, with great quality, numbers, and prices.
"We yarded about 500 head more than the previous sale, and there was some really good quality on offer," Mr Oakes said in a statement.
"The job did cheapen there for a couple of sales, but it has come back."
In total, more than 1300 lambs and more than 400 sheep were yarded, including stock drawn from Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra, Bingara and Warialda.
There were very good heavy processing lambs which sold particularly well, while the top pen made $258/head and were supplied by Kathy Hogan.
"With the lack of numbers at the moment, competition has been very strong, and vendors have been getting a very good price through the saleyard system," Mr Oakes said.
Lambs around the 55kg liveweight category, suitable for export made $230 to $240/head.
"There has been consistent interest for store lambs over the last few months," Mr Oakes said.
A large run of joined Merino ewes, which were shorn and mixed in age, sold to an Armidale restocker for $170/head.
Hoggets hit $160/head with a pen of crossbred stock supplied by CA Stevenson, while Glendon Pastoral Partnership sold the top pen of sheep for $252/head.
"There were plenty of very good heavy mutton pens selling in the region of $230 per head, while light sheep were making $120 to $130 per head," Mr Oakes said.
"We hope to see these good numbers and prices continue at next fortnight's sale."