Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : ASM
NYSE MKT : ASM
FRANKFURT : GV6

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

March 10, 2014 08:00 ET

Avino Silver Produces 96,254 Ounces of Silver Equivalent in February 2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 10, 2014) - Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (NYSE MKT:ASM)(TSX VENTURE:ASM)(FRANKFURT:GV6) ("Avino" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the February 2014 production results from its San Gonzalo mine and Avino Mine surface stockpile operations located on the Avino property near Durango, Mexico.

February production from the San Gonzalo Mine and Avino Mine surface stockpiles are presented below along with a comparison with January output from both areas:

Days of Operation Total
Mill Feed (metric tonnes)
Feed
Grade Silver (g/t)
Feed
Grade
Gold
(g/t)
Recovery
Silver
(%)
Recovery
Gold
(%)
Total Silver Produced (oz) Calculated Total Gold Produced (oz) Calculated Total February Silver Eq. Produced (oz) Calculated Total January Silver Eq. Produced (oz) Calculated % Change YTD
Silver
Eq.
Produced
Calculated
San Gonzalo (Circuit 1) 27 6,259 351 2.0 84 77 59,138 301 77,979 83,437 (7)% 161,416
Historic Above Ground Stock Piles (Circuit 2) 27 6,171 96 0.73 66 62 12,624 90 18,275 22,114 (17)% 40,389
12,430 71,762 391 96,254 105,551 (9)% 201,805
Silver equivalent was calculated using a 62.5:1 ratio for silver to gold. 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.
"We are pleased to report another month of consistent operations in February. Output was down marginally due to two fewer days in the month, however, Avino's daily average silver equivalent production was able to equal the output achieved in January, which was a record setting month. The San Gonzalo mine continues to demonstrate consistent grades and recoveries"
- David Wolfin, President, CEO & Director, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

Circuit 1 - San Gonzalo

Comparative production numbers from January and February 2014 at San Gonzalo, as well as 2014 yearly totals are reported as follows:

Feb
2014
Jan
2014
Monthly Change % YTD SG
Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 6,259 6,509 (4) 12,768
Average Daily Throughput (tpd) 232 224 4 228
Days of Operation 27 29 (7) 56
Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 351 358 (2) 355
Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 2.0 2.0 0 2.0
Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes) 193 235 (18) 427
Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 9.5 8.4 13 8.9
Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 48.6 42.1 15 45
Recovery Silver (%) 84 85 (1) 84
Recovery Gold (%) 77 77 0 77
Mill Availability (%) 98.7 93.7 5 96.1
Total Silver Produced (kg) 1,839 1,978 (7) 3,817
Total Gold Produced (g) 9,376 9,882 (5) 19,258
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 59,138 63,580 (7) 122,718
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 301 318 (5) 619
Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) 77,979 83,437 (7) 161,416
Silver equivalent was calculated using a 62.5:1 ratio for silver to gold, 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.

February Highlights

  • Silver Equivalent ounces produced in February were lower by 7% than that of January due mainly to two fewer operating days.
  • Feed grades of silver and gold together with their respective recoveries were similar to those of January with little or no change.
  • Total tonnage processed was lower by 4%, however daily throughput was higher due to higher plant availability.
  • The quality of concentrate produced was also better resulting in fewer tons produced.

Circuit 2 - Avino Mine Stock Piles

Comparative production numbers from January and February 2014 from the Avino Mine stock pile operation, as well as 2014 yearly totals are reported as follows:

Feb
2014
Jan
2014
% Change YTD 2014
Total mill feed - (dry tonnes) 6,171 6,685 (8) 12,857
Days of Operation 27 29 (7) 56
Feed grade Silver - g/t 96 108 (11) 102
Feed grade Gold - g/t 0.73 0.77 (5) 0.75
Bulk concentrate - (dry tonnes) 53 77 (31) 130
Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 7.48 6.35 18 6.81
Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 53.58 40.44 32 45.75
Recovery Silver (%) 66 68 (3) 67
Recovery Gold (%) 62 61 2 61
Mill availability (%) 96.4 95.1 1 95.7
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 12,624 15,818 (20) 28,442
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 90 101 (11) 191
Total Silver Eq. Produced (oz) calculated 18,275 22,114 (17) 40,389
Silver equivalent was calculated using a 62.5:1 ratio for silver to gold, 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.

February Highlights

  • Silver and gold production was lower by 20% and 11% respectively to those of January.
  • The lower production was due to two fewer operating days and lower feed grades.
  • Total tonnage processed was lower by 8%.
  • Silver and gold recoveries were relatively the same as those of January.
  • The concentrate grade produced was higher and resulted in fewer tons produced for the month.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Mill assays are performed at the mine's on-site lab. Check samples are verified by Inspectorate Labs in Reno, Nevada. San Gonzalo concentrate shipments are assayed at various certified Labs in Europe and also AH Knight in Manzanillo, Mexico. The Avino stockpile concentrate shipments are assayed at LSI in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Qualified Person(s)

Avino's projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, Avino Consultant and 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.

About Avino

Avino is a silver and gold producer operating the Avino property located in Durango, Mexico. The Company's mission is to become the next mid-tier silver producer through profitable organic growth at the Avino property. 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.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
"David Wolfin"
David Wolfin
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

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Cautionary Note to United States Investors - The information contained herein and incorporated by reference herein has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of Canadian securities laws, which differ from the requirements of United States securities laws. In particular, the term "resource" does not equate to the term "reserve". The Securities Exchange Commission's (the "SEC") disclosure standards normally do not permit the inclusion of information concerning "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" or "inferred mineral resources" or other descriptions of the amount of mineralization in mineral deposits that do not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards, unless such information is required to be disclosed by the law of the Company's jurisdiction of incorporation or of a jurisdiction in which its securities are traded. U.S. investors should also understand that "inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. Disclosure of "contained ounces" is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures.

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