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Avino Q1/March Production Report

Apr 5 2013 12:00AM

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/05/13 -- Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: ASM)(NYSE MKT: ASM)(BERLIN: GV6)(FRANKFURT: GV6) ("Avino" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the following Q1 and March 2013 production results from its San Gonzalo mine operation located on the Avino property near Durango, Mexico.

Production numbers from Q1 2013 compared to Q4 2012 are presented below:

---------------------------------------------------------------------- Q4 2012 Q1 2013 % Change----------------------------------------------------------------------Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 19,539 19,723 0.9----------------------------------------------------------------------Average Daily Throughput (tpd) 222 229 3.1----------------------------------------------------------------------Days of Operation 88 86 (2.3)----------------------------------------------------------------------Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 259 309 19.3 1----------------------------------------------------------------------Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 1.04 1.29 24.0 2----------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes) 538 568 5.6 3----------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 7.44 8.72 17.0 3----------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 26.3 31.4 19.3----------------------------------------------------------------------Recovery Silver (%) 79 81 2.5----------------------------------------------------------------------Recovery Gold (%) 70 70 0----------------------------------------------------------------------Mill Availability (%) 94.4 95.5 1.2----------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Produced (kg) 4,000 4,960 24.1----------------------------------------------------------------------Total Gold Produced (g) 14,161 17,875 26.2----------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 128,607 159,582 24.1----------------------------------------------------------------------Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 455 574 26.2----------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) 151,372 191,107 26.2 4----------------------------------------------------------------------



Silver equivalent for January through March was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold. For the months of October, November and December, a 50:1 ratio was used in the calculation. (The ratio was changed to reflect 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.

1. Feed grade for silver during Q1 2013 increased by 19.3% over Q4 20122. Feed grade for gold during Q1 2013 increased by 24% over Q4 20123. Bulk concentrate grades for silver and gold increased by 17% and 19.3% respectively during Q1 2013 as compared to Q4 20124. The above resulted in a 24.1% and 26.2% increase in silver and gold production respectively.



Production numbers from March and the first six months at San Gonzalo, as well as 2013 yearly totals are reported as follows:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oct Nov Dec Jan 2012 2012 2012 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 6,647 6,528 6,364 6,392---------------------------------------------------------------------------Average Daily Throughput (tpd) 214 218 235 228---------------------------------------------------------------------------Days of Operation 31 30 27 28---------------------------------------------------------------------------Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 233 256 287 315---------------------------------------------------------------------------Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 0.93 0.99 1.19 1.27---------------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes) 180 177 181 197---------------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 7.04 7.37 7.90 8.32---------------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 25.0 25.4 28.6 29.1---------------------------------------------------------------------------Recovery Silver (%) 82 78 78 81---------------------------------------------------------------------------Recovery Gold (%) 72 69 68 70---------------------------------------------------------------------------Mill Availability (%) 97.2 98.1 87.9 91.1---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Produced (kg) 1,265 1,302 1,433 1,638---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Gold Produced (g) 4,489 4,487 5,185 5,722---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 40,671 41,870 46,066 52,779---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 144 144 167 184---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) 47,888 49,083 54,401 62,781------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Feb March Monthly 2013 2013 Change % YTD SG---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 6,418 6,913 7.7 19,723---------------------------------------------------------------------------Average Daily Throughput (tpd) 229 230 0.4 229(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Days of Operation 28 30 7.1 86---------------------------------------------------------------------------Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 306 307 0.3 309(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 1.19 1.40 17.6 1.29(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes) 166 206 24.0 569---------------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 9.43 8.52 (9.6) 8.72(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 30.4 34.5 13.5 31.4(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Recovery Silver (%) 80 83 3.8 81(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Recovery Gold (%) 66 73 10.6 70(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Mill Availability (%) 99.0 96.7 (2.3) 95.5(i)---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Produced (kg) 1,565 1,758 12.3 4,961---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Gold Produced (g) 5,036 7,117 41.3 17,875---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 50,315 56,513 12.3 159,607---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 162 229 41.3 575---------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) 59,228 69,098 16.7 191,107---------------------------------------------------------------------------(i)Year to date average



Silver equivalent for January through March was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold. For the months of October, November and December, a 50:1 ratio was used in the calculation. (The ratio was changed to reflect 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.

March Highlights-- Total silver equivalent ounces in March increased by 16.7% over February.-- The increase was due to the higher tonnage processed, improved silver recovery of 83%, and the better gold feed grade of 1.4 g/t.-- Tonnage processed was higher than February because of 2 additional operational days.-- Silver concentrate grade was slightly lower in March and resulted in more tonnage of concentrate produced. However, the gold grade in the concentrate increased due to the higher gold grade in the feed and the improved gold recovery.-- During the month, two truckloads of concentrate were shipped and sold; the balance of the concentrate produced in March will be shipped in April.-- Stockpiled inventory near the crushing facility increased to an estimated 13,674 from 12,610 tonnes in March.



Processing Facility Update

Activation of circuit 2 (see news release dated March 04, 2013) is well underway. The new 250 tpd circuit is expected to be tested in mid-April and will initially be used to process existing historic Avino mine stock piles left on the surface during our previous operation prior to 2001.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Mill assays are performed at the lab onsite at the mine. Check samples are verified by SGS laboratory Services in Durango, Mexico. Concentrate shipments are assayed at AH Knight in Manzanillo, Mexico.

Qualified Person(s)

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.

About Avino

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.

Avino's 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

David Wolfin, President & CEO

Safe Harbor Statement - This news release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (together, the "forward looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including our belief as to the extent and timing of various studies including the PEA, and exploration results, the potential tonnage, grades and content of deposits, timing and establishment and extent of resources estimates. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and the dates of technical reports, as applicable. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. While we have based these forward-looking statements on our expectations about future events as at the date that such statements were prepared, the statements are not a guarantee that such future events will occur and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which could cause events or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Such factors and assumptions include, among others, the effects of general economic conditions, the price of gold, silver and copper, changing foreign exchange rates and actions by government authorities, uncertainties associated with legal proceedings and negotiations and misjudgments in the course of preparing forward-looking information. In addition, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Known risk factors include risks associated with project development; the need for additional financing; operational risks associated with mining and mineral processing; fluctuations in metal prices; title matters; uncertainties and risks related to carrying on business in foreign countries; environmental liability claims and insurance; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain of our officers, directors or promoters of with certain other projects; the absence of dividends; currency fluctuations; competition; dilution; the volatility of the our common share price and volume; tax consequences to U.S. investors; and other risks and uncertainties. Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We are under no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable securities laws.

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.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.



Contacts:
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
David Wolfin
President & CEO
604.682.3701
604.682.3600 (FAX)
ir@avino.com
www.avino.com





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