Mareeba combined agents penned a total of 680 head at the April 18 prime and store cattle sale. An increase in numbers due to the attendance of a major export processor. A small gallery of store buyers and restockers watched store values drop below last week’s stronger market. Slaughter bulls came under a lot of pressure, with rates soaring well beyond last week’s best values due to some last minute demand from current live export activity. Local trade steers sold to rates 6c/kg above the previous week. Butchers heifers held firm but did not top last week’s best of 271c. Wholesale cows gained 11c. Export ox gained 12c with the extra competition and export cows dominated the yarding and showed some improvement in values.
There will be no sale on Anzac Day – Tuesday, April 25.
The Mareeba combined agents special store is scheduled for May 12 from 10am.