Mareeba Combined Agents penned 306 head for Tuesday’s prime and store sale. Numbers increased by 84 head on the previous week. Local trade ox were limited in numbers while heifers offered improved due to the good quality presented up 21c. Cows remained firm to 2c cheaper on last week’s top of 190c. Slaughter ox showed an improvement of 13c, with quality and condition the main reason for positive gain. Cows recorded no change, however some good domestic trade heifers went to an export processor for 211c. Bulls showed the biggest variation in value, with 162c between the top and bottom price. Good quality store steers and heifers sold to similar rates as the previous week and were limited to a small number.
Local trade heifers ranged from 163c to 217.2c and local trade cows made from 120c to 188c. Ox suitable for slaughter sold from 102.2c to 235.2c, cows suitable for slaughter made from 138c to 190c, while bulls suitable for slaughter ranged from 80c to 242c.
Store steers topped at 225c, store heifers sold to 190.2c, and cows and calves sold to $400/unit.