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Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: ASM) (NYSE American: ASM) (FSE: GV6) achieved production results of 587,317 silver equivalent ounces, bringing the 12-month trailing total to 2.8 million silver equivalent ounces from the Avino Mine.


Production Highlights – Q2 2023 (Compared to Q2 2022)

  • Silver equivalent production decreased 10% to 587,317 oz
  • Silver production increased 3% to 232,417 oz
  • Copper production decreased 12% to 1.45 million lbs
  • Gold production increased 13% to 1,520 oz
  • Mill throughput increased by 33% to 157,371 tonnes


Avino Mine Production – Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2023






Change H1




157,371 118,224 33 % Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 311,119 229,362 39 %
53 65 -19 % Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 52 58 -10 %
0.44 0.46 -3 % Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 0.51 0.38 36 %
0.49 0.69 -28 % Feed Grade Copper (%) 0.48 0.63 -23 %
87 % 91 % -5 % Recovery Silver (%) 88 % 91 % -4 %
68 % 78 % -13 % Recovery Gold (%) 73 % 77 % -6 %
84 % 92 % -8 % Recovery Copper (%) 84 % 90 % -7 %
232,417 225,537 3 % Total Silver Produced (oz) 466,755 389,895 20 %
1,520 1,350 13 % Total Gold Produced (oz) 3,805 2,151 77 %
1,445,552 1,644,342 -12 % Total Copper Produced (Lbs) 2,843,189 2,861,691 -1 %
587,317 649,569 -10 % Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz)1 1,265,564 1,107,367 14 %


“The Avino Mine continued to provide stable production results in the second quarter of 2023, albeit impacted by mining in lower grade areas and certain mill equipment delivery delays, which are now behind us,” said David Wolfin, President and CEO of Avino. “These challenges provided us with the opportunity to implement upgrades to the haulage ramp that has since allowed us to exceed original underground maximum haulage rates. With these upgrades, we expect production to catch up to our internal guidance in the second half of the year. On the exploration side, we are thrilled with the outstanding drill results from below Level 17 released earlier this month which further demonstrates that the Avino Mine continues to get better as we explore at depth. Finally, we remain focused on the execution of our 5-year growth plan.”


2023 Second Quarter Highlights

  • Steady Production at Avino: Silver equivalent production of 587,317 ounces is another consistent quarter of mining operations. Production decreased when compared to recent quarters, primarily due to mine sequencing of certain lower grade zones of the Avino Mine along with supply chain issues for some maintenance parts that effected recovery in the mill.
  • Avino Announced Best Drill Intercept in Company History: On July 5, 2023, the Company released the results of three holes from below Level 17, the current deepest workings at the Elena Tolosa (“ET”) area of the Avino system. Drill Hole ET-23-09 showed 57 metres true width of mineralization and is a step-out 50 metres to the west of Avino’s most westerly drill hole at 200 metres downdip below Level 17. This mineralized intercept is exceptionally wide and has very high silver, gold and copper grades. The vein system continues to be open along strike and at depth.
  • Announced ET Area Drilling Results: On May 23, 2023, Avino announced drill results from 10 drill holes from below Level 17, the current deepest workings at the mine. The current drill campaign shows the continuity of the Avino Vein to be at least 1,100 metres downdip from surface outcrop.
  • Metallurgical Testing Completed at the Oxide Tailings Project: On April 5, 2023, Avino announced metallurgical results from the testwork program that was completed and will form the basis of the metallurgical analysis in a Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) on the project. This Project has been in our portfolio for many years and factors prominently into our 5-year growth plan to become an intermediate silver producer in Mexico. These results also build on the studies in the 2017 Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) and increase the level of confidence in the Project through the extensive testwork completed. In the recent update, The Oxide Tailings mineral resource was increased by 407% in the measured and indicated categories to total 5.7 million tonnes, and an increase of 287% to the silver equivalent ounces resulting in 17.4 million.
  • Dry Stack Tailings Facility Completed and Operational: Avino’s tailings management system is based on our commitment to safety and environmental stewardship. We approach our tailings management with respect for the people in our communities and the environment. When we consider our environmental approach, we strive to meet or exceed expectations while being guided by best practice standards globally. For those reasons we selected dry stack and constructed a dry stack tailings facility which is now complete and fully operational. The conveyor system is installed and is currently transporting the pressed dry tailings to the Avino open pit area. A tab is now available on our website that provides further information on our tailings management system, along with a video (in Spanish) from the minesite that can be viewed. In addition, a selection of short videos of the facility in operation can be viewed under Videos and Media.
  • La Preciosa Update: The Company is conducting community engagement in the nearby towns adjacent to the property and will provide further updates as plans develop. Avino is fully committed to moving this project forward as it factors prominently in the Company’s 5-year growth strategy.


Quality Assurance/Quality Control


Mill assays are performed at the Avino property’s on-site lab. Check samples were submitted to SGS Labs in Durango, Mexico for verification. Gold and silver assays are performed by the fire assay method with a gravimetric finish for concentrates and AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectrometry) methods for copper, lead, zinc and silver for feed and tail grade samples. All concentrate shipments are assayed by one of the following independent third-party labs: Inspectorate in the UK, LSI in the Netherlands, and AHK.


Qualified Person(s)


Peter Latta, P. Eng, MBA, Avino’s VP Technical Services, is a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release.


About Avino


Avino is a silver producer from its wholly owned Avino Mine near Durango, Mexico. The Company’s silver, gold and copper production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property and the strategic acquisition of the La Preciosa property. Avino currently controls mineral resources, as per NI 43-101, that total 368 million silver equivalent ounces, within our district-scale land package. We are committed to managing all business activities in a safe, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.


Posted July 20, 2023

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