Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX.V, ASM: NYSE - MKT; “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the following January 2013 production results from its San Gonzalo mine operation located on the Avino property near Durango, Mexico. The figures are highlighted by a 14% increase in silver production and 10% increase in gold production over December. Silver feed grades also increased, from 287 g/t in December to 315 g/t in January.
Production numbers from the past four months, as well as the yearly totals, are reported as follows:
|Nov 2012||Dec 2012||Jan 2013||Monthly Change %||YTD San Gonzalo|
|Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes)||6,647||6,528||6,364||6,392||.4||6392|
|Average Daily Throughput (TPD)||214||218||235||228||(3)||228|
|Days of Operation||31||30||27||28||3||28|
|Feed Grade Silver (g/t)||233||256||287||315||10||315|
|Feed Grade Gold (g/t)||0.93||0.99||1.19||1.275||7||1.275|
|Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes)||180||177||181||197||9||197|
|Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (Kg/t)||7.04||7.37||7.90||8.327||5||8.327|
|Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t)||25.0||25.4||28.6||29.09||2||29.09|
|Recovery Silver (%)||82||78||78||81||4||81|
|Recovery Gold (%)||72||69||68||70||3||70|
|Mill Availability (%)||97.2||98.1||87.9||91.1||4||91.1|
|Total Silver Produced (Kg)||1,265||1,302||1,433||1,638||14||1,638|
|Total Gold Produced (g)||4,489||4,487||5,185||5,722||10||5,722|
|Total Silver Produced (oz’s) calculated||40,671||41,870||46,066||52,779||14||52,779|
|Total Gold Produced (oz’s) calculated||144||144||167||184||10||184|
|Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz’s)||47,888||49,083||54,401||62,781||15||62,781|
Silver equivalent for January was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold. For the months of November and December, a 50:1 ratio was used in the calculation. (The ratio was changed to reflect the more current gold and silver prices.) Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.
- The increase in silver and gold production resulted primarily from higher grades and improved recoveries.
- Silver and gold feed grades showed a steady increase and confirmed grades achieved in drilling.
- Recoveries for silver and gold showed a marked improvement due to ongoing upgrades to the mill and also the transition to more sulphides.
- Mill feed tonnage processed remained essentially the same from December due to a holiday closure and two days of shutdown for maintenance and service.
- January’s Average Daily Throughput of 228 tonnes decreased slightly from December but increased significantly from November’s rate of 218 tpd.
- Closing inventory of the San Gonzalo stockpile located near the crushing plant decreased to 16,730 tonnes from an opening inventory of 20,471 tonnes.
- During January the mine shipped and sold 194 tonnes of concentrate from December’s production.
“We are extremely pleased with the pattern of steady improvement in nearly all facets of our operation,” said David Wolfin, Avino President and CEO. “Grades and recoveries are increasing with depth, as we have anticipated, and we expect this trend to continue as we leave the oxides and move into predominantly sulphide material.
Mr. Wolfin also noted the ongoing work to make the mine more efficient. “I commend our team in Mexico,” he added. “They continue to improve operations at nearly every level as we ramp up production.”
Mill assays are performed at the lab onsite at the mine. Check samples are verified by SGS laboratory Services in Durango, Mexico. Avino’s projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, BSc, ARSM Avino Consultant and Mr. Jasman Yee P.Eng, Avino director, who are both qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release
Founded in 1968, Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the historic Avino property near Durango, Mexico. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the community in which we operate.
Avinos’ key goal is to become a significant low-cost primary silver producer with specific objectives to: 1) expand resources and reserves, 2) increase the mine’s output, and 3) identify, explore and develop new targets on the property.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
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