Mareeba Combined Agents penned a small total of 530 head for this week’s prime and store sale, an increase of 243 head.
The yarding consisted of a good line up of local trade steers, a small number of prime local trade heifers, some useful slaughter cows and bulls.
Additional competition with the presence of a new southern processor into the Mareeba Sale saw values for most classes rise slightly or hold firm on last week’s rates, with the exception of all classes of heifers
A good run of station cows a/c Hughes Grazing Co sold to spirited bidding by both processors and local buyers, which brought pleasing results to the vendors. Good heavy well covered bulls for slaughter rose 5c, best pen of cows topped at 200c with the exception of one cow that topped the cow yarding at 208c. A pen of four tremendous local butchers steers topped out at 264.2c, to a local processor, and the best of the ox topped at 248.2c. Good lines of store heifers were scarce and prices quoted reflect quality and types
Local trade steers sold from 238.2c to 264.2c, local trade heifers ranged from 177.2c to 210.2c and local trade cows made from 105.2c to 193.2c. Ox suitable for slaughter sold from 160c to 248.2c, cows suitable for slaughter made from 120c to 208c, while bulls suitable for slaughter ranged from 120c to 235.2c.
Store steers topped at 230.2c, store heifers sold to 173.2c and younger store bulls reached 249.2c. Cows and calves made $820/unit.